Facebook will fight fake news ahead of November’s midterm elections by banning posts with “misrepresentations about how to vote,” the company said Monday.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent people from misusing Facebook during elections, we’re broadening our policies against voter suppression — action that is designed to deter or prevent people from voting,” Facebook said in a blog post Monday. “These updates were designed to address new types of abuse that we’re seeing online.”
“We already prohibit offers to buy or sell votes as well as misrepresentations about the dates, locations, times and qualifications for casting a ballot,” Facebook said. “We have been removing this type of content since 2016.”
Facebook will also “fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations,” company executives told Reuters.
“In these cases, we will send content to our third-party fact-checkers for review,” Facebook stated. (RELATED: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Talks US Addiction Problem, Giving ‘Second Chances’)
Facebook has over 1.5 billion daily users and is the world’s largest online social network, according to Reuters.
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