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Facebook releases new guidelines to address publisher concerns in its fight against fake news

Facebook releases new guidelines to address publisher concerns in its fight against fake news
From TechCrunch - October 24, 2017

Facebook has released new guidelines that outline how publishers can adapt to the companys efforts to fight back against fake/false news and other low-quality content.

Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri unveiled the guidelines at a event this morning at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where he said they dont represent any changes to Facebooks approachtheyre just a way for publishers to understand the strategy.

He added that Facebooks efforts in this area are targeted at bad actors. but for legitimate publishers, the guidelines can still be important to make sure you dont get caught up in the crosshairs. They fall into the three broad areas.

First, theres the importance of meaningful, informative content. For publishers, that means both understanding their audience and also creating fast-loading mobile web experiences.

Second, theres accurate, authentic content. That means publishers should avoid clickbait (such as withholding information in a headline or exaggerating the content), as well as content thats misleading or that the publisher doesnt have rights to.

Third, Facebook is emphasizing safe, respectful behavior. That means avoiding sexually explicit content, hate speech and other things that might violate Facebooks community standards.

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