Facebook to take action against those who repeatedly share fake content

Facebook will now send a notification if you interact with content that has been assessed by the company’s fact-checking system. Social media apps like Facebook play an important role in spreading fake news, so the company is pioneering new ways to tell people about bogus or misleading content. Users will see a pop-up if they like any of the pages that share fake information.

The pop-up will notify you about the fake content shared by the page and then ask if you want to follow the page or go back. Facebook is also increasing penalties for individual Facebook accounts that distribute false information.

“We’re launching new ways to let people know if they interact with content that has been evaluated by a fact checker. We’ve taken tougher action against pages, groups, Instagram accounts and domains sharing disinformation and now we’re expanding some of those efforts to also include penalties for individual Facebook accounts, ”the company said in a blog post.

This will reduce the distribution of all News Feed posts from an individual’s Facebook account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of the fact-checking partners. “We are already reducing the scope of a single article in the News Feed if it has been debunked”, Facebook mentionned.

The social media giant will also send a notification when a user shares a post that contains false information. The notification will include the fact-checker article debunking the claim as well as a prompt to share the article with its subscribers. It also includes a notice that people who repeatedly share false information may have their posts moved down the News Feed, so other people are less likely to see them.

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