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Technology Facebook takes down fake political ad meant to test its fact checking

20:30  27 october  2019
20:30  27 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Facebook's fact-checking program to reportedly exempt opinion and satire

  Facebook's fact-checking program to reportedly exempt opinion and satire The social network relies on third-party fact checkers to flag misinformation.The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, also reported that publishers that get their content labeled as false by fact checkers will also be able to appeal to Facebook.

Facebook 's stance on truth in political ads has been put to the test . The social media giant has removed a 'stunt' ad from It highlighted Facebook 's reluctance to fact - check politicians. However, it also underscores the controversy over its refusal to block demonstrably false ads from politicians.

US lawmakers have sharply criticised Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg about the firm's policy not to fact check political ads . In a hearing in Washington, the social network chief was accused of letting political disinformation spread ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.

Facebook's stance on truth in political ads has been put to the test. The social media giant has removed a 'stunt' ad from a Political Action Committee, the Really Online Lefty League, that falsely claimed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal proposed by some Democrats. A company spokesman told Reuters that the ad was eligible for a fact-checking review since it came from a political action group rather than a politician.

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The ad was prompted by a line of questioning from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked Mark Zuckerberg at an October 23rd House hearing if Facebook would let her get away with posting a misleading ad about Graham.

Fake Facebook Ad Claiming Lindsey Graham Backs the Green New Deal is Actually a Test for Zuckerberg

  Fake Facebook Ad Claiming Lindsey Graham Backs the Green New Deal is Actually a Test for Zuckerberg "It just shows you that only is Facebook not enforcing any kind of truth in advertising, there's no tools for people to get it to the fact-checkers—that I can see—and people believe it," the man behind the fake 90-second ad told Newsweek.That's why it may seem odd to see a Facebook ad claim the prominent Republican has not only endorsed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) ambitious climate change initiative but that he's also rallying his GOP colleagues to do the same.

The ad , which ran on Friday, was put up as a stunt by a left-leaning Political Action Committee, or PAC, called The Really Online Lefty League, to test Facebook has been criticized in recent weeks over its decision to not fact - check ads run by politicians, drawing ire from Democratic candidates

The ad , which ran on Friday, was put up as a stunt by a left-leaning Political Action Committee, or PAC, called The Really Online Lefty League, to test Facebook 's political ad policies . Facebook has been criticized in recent weeks over its decision to not fact - check ads run by politicians, drawing.

The takedown suggests that Facebook is consistent in its approach to truthful ads. However, it also underscores the controversy over its refusal to block demonstrably false ads from politicians. It may not want to fuel accusations of bias, or wade into the debate over what constitutes a lie. At the same time, critics have argued that this hands-off approach isn't really neutral. It reportedly favors those candidates most willing to lie, since they can cheat without being held to account like they would with TV ads. In this view, Facebook is content to let misinformation spread so long as it comes from certain sources.

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Strategy game Plague Inc. has been around for ages, but its makers are still working on ways to keep it relevant and interesting. The game, which sees players do their best to wipe out the world with infectious disease, was given an anti-vaxxer scenario earlier this year. Now, the potentially-devastating phenomenon of fake news is on the agenda, too. The new fake news scenario challenges players to get their own made up story into the minds of the general population using modern technology and psychological tricks -- all before fact checking organizations have the opportunity to debunk it.

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