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Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election
From TechCrunch - April 14, 2017

In just nine days, France is going to vote for the next French presidenttheres going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers.

The ad gives ten tips to spot fake news on the internet. Youll find it today in the paper edition of Le Monde, Les chos, Libration, Le Parisien, 20 Minutes and potentially other newspapers. Facebook tells you to check the URL, the date, the photos, the facts in the article and more. Its similar to the tips that started to appear at the top of the news feed in the Facebook app. You can check it out at the end of the article.

Facebook also shared an update on its efforts to fight fake news on its security blog yesterday. 30,000 Facebook accounts have been banned because they shared spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content. Facebook now tries to identify and block suspicious activity, including fake likes.

Shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, Facebook admitted that it was partly responsible for the spread of misinformation. Articles saying that Hilary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS (which she did not) became more popular than articles covering the last days of the campaign.

The words fake news have a new meaning today now that Trump keeps accusing negative coverage of being fake news even though the facts in those articles are correct. Thats why Facebook now tends to say false news instead of fake news.

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