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Facebook todayand policy changes intended to fight the spread of misinformation on the platform, moving to more clearly label false posts and content created by state media. Separately, the company removed four networks of accounts based in Iran and Russia that Facebook said misled users about their identities and .
The moves come at a time when Facebook has been pilloried for. The company stood by that decision today, but acted to label non-advertising content that has been rated false more prominently.
Big tech meets with U.S. security officials to talk 2020 election
The meeting comes five months before the first 2020 votes are cast in the Democratic primary and 14 months before the November election. The government agencies and companies are expected at 7 p.m. ET to release statements and more details about the meeting, the people familiar with it said. DNI, FBI and DHS did not respond to requests for comment. Facebook released a statement saying the meeting "builds on our continuing commitment to work with industry and government partners.
Changes today include:
- The launch of , a set of features designed to secure candidates’ accounts. “Participants will be required to turn on two-factor authentication, and their accounts will be monitored for hacking, such as login attempts from unusual locations or unverified devices,” the company said.
- Adding information about the owner of a Facebook page, through a new tab labeled “Organizations That Manage This Page” that includes the organization’s legal name, city, phone number, or website.
- Starting next month, publishers “that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government” will be labeled as “state-controlled media.” This will include publishers such as Russia Today, which closely covers US news.
- Introducing a tracking tool to let users see how much US presidential candidates are spending on Facebook, including new details such as state and regional spending. The company is also adding API tools to help researchers sort through advertising data.
- Adding labels to the top of false and partially false photos and videos, including on Instagram stories, along with a link to the explanation from the fact checker. If people attempt to share posts on Instagram that have been rated false, Facebook will now show a pop-up indicating the rating.
- Changing advertiser guidelines to ban ads that suggest voting is useless or tells people not to vote.
- Spending $2 million on media literacy efforts. “These projects range from training programs to help ensure the largest Instagram accounts have the resources they need to reduce the spread of misinformation, to expanding a pilot program that brings together senior citizens and high school students to learn about online safety and media literacy, to public events in local venues like bookstores, community centers and libraries in cities across the country,” the company said.
Facebook blocks manipulation campaigns supported by Iran and Russia
Facebook announced Monday it has blocked four operations manipulation of opinion, led by groups posing as users of the social network and were supported by states, Iran and Russia.
The Californian group claimed that hundreds of Facebook and Instagram accounts, managed by these manipulation campaigns, targeted Internet users in different parts of the world, including the United States, North Africa and Latin America."These campaigns have created networks of accounts to trick other accounts into their identity and activity. We shared our findings with the police, legislators, and our industry partners, "
said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity at Facebook.
"We ended these campaigns because of their misleading attitude, not because of the content they shared," he said in a conference call.
The technology giant has detected these operations as part of its ongoing action to ensure the integrity of the US elections of 2020. Three of them were orchestrated from Iran and the fourth from Russia.Elections, racial tensions and LGBT issues
One of the Russian groups shared publications via fake accounts, supposed to represent different political currents and addressing topics such as "American elections, environmental issues, racial tensions, LGBT issues, the ideas of the Confederates, conservatism and liberalism, "Gleicher said.
As the presidential election of 2020 in the United States approaches, Facebook seeks to strengthen the fight against manipulation attempts on its various platforms. The boss and co-founder of the social network, Mark Zuckerberg, announced Monday that his company was now better prepared to respond to attacks orchestrated by states.
Starting next month, Facebook plans to tell its users the messages from state media. In August 2018, before the US mid-term elections, the group had already blockedRussian in the United States. Two years ago, Facebook was heavily criticized for failing to block polls, including the US presidential election.
Facebook labels a post as false to obey Singapore misinformation law .
Facebook has voluntarily labeled fake news and other misinformation for a while, but in Singapore it now doesn't have much choice. The social site has labeled a November 23rd post as containing "false information" to obey a Singapore law meant to curb the spread of fake info. The government claimed that Australian citizen and States Times Review blog owner Alex Tan had made "false" and "scurrilous" claims surrounding election rigging and the arrest of a purported whistleblower. Tan had initially refused the order and is now under investigation, although there may not be much Singapore can do when Tan doesn't live in the city-state.
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