Facebook has announced new measures to prevent misinformation on its platform, including a new pop-up which will be shown to users before they like a page that repeatedly shares false information, expanded penalties for individuals accounts and more.
‘’Today, we’re launching new ways to inform people if they’re interacting with content that’s been rated by a fact-checker as well as taking stronger action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on Facebook.’’ said the company in its blog post. ‘’Whether it’s false or misleading content about COVID-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, we’re making sure fewer people see misinformation on our apps.’’
As a part of its efforts to reduce misinformation on its platform, Facebook will now show users a warning pop-up before they like a page which its fact-checkers found misinformative. They will be offered two options which are ‘’Go Back’’ and ‘’Follow Page Anyway’’. They will also be able to find out more information by clicking ‘’Learn More’’.
In addition, the company also announced that it’ll expand penalties for individual Facebook accounts who repeatedly share false information and reduce the distribution of their posts in News Feed.
Facebook already warns users when they share content with information that fact-checkers marked as false. The company has redesigned the pop-up to make it easier to understand and also included a text which tells their posts might be moved lower in News Feed.
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