2020 US ELEC­TION: FACE­BOOK TAK­ING ON DIS­IN­FOR­MA­TION

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Face­book on Thurs­day spot­lighted steps it is tak­ing to com­bat for­eign in­ter­fer­ence and on­line dis­in­for­ma­tion in the 2020 US elec­tions. Mea­sures in­clude bet­ter se­cur­ing the ac­counts of elected of­fi­cials, in­di­cat­ing the own­er­ship of po­lit­i­cal pages, and in­tro­duc­ing clearer fact-check­ing la­bels, the so­cial me­dia gi­ant said in a state­ment to in­vestors.

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Face­book on Thurs­day spot­lighted steps it is tak­ing to com­bat for­eign in­ter­fer­ence and on­line dis­in­for­ma­tion in the 2020 US elec­tions.

Mea­sures in­clude bet­ter se­cur­ing the ac­counts of elected of­fi­cials, in­di­cat­ing the own­er­ship of po­lit­i­cal pages, and in­tro­duc­ing clearer fact-check­ing la­bels, the so­cial me­dia gi­ant said in a state­ment to in­vestors.

“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop abuse and elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence on our plat­form,” said the text, based on a blog post is­sued late last month by Face­book’s vice-pres­i­dent of in­tegrity Guy Rosen and other ex­ec­u­tives.

The stepped-up mea­sures, first an­nounced by chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Zucker­berg, are the lat­est effort by Face­book to pre­vent a re­peat of the on­line dis­in­for­ma­tion that marred the 2016 US elec­tion.

On­line ac­tivist net­work Avaaz warned in a re­port re­leased on Wed­nes­day that a “tsunami” of po­lit­i­cal dis­in­for­ma­tion is pound­ing Face­book users.

An anal­y­sis by the NGO of the top 100 de­bunked news sto­ries about US pol­i­tics that went vi­ral on Face­book in the 10 months end­ing Oc­to­ber 31 showed that po­lit­i­cally tinged false news got more than 158 mil­lion views.

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Mark Zucker­berg tes­ti­fies at a hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton DC.

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