Facebook promises to take stronger action against users who share false information, including through sanctions like account restrictions.
Reduce the scope of false information
“Whether it’s false or misleading content on Covid-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, we are making sure that fewer and fewer people see this false information on our applications, ”Facebook says in a blog post.
“Beginning today, we will reduce the distribution of all posts in the News Feed of the Facebook account of an individual who repeatedly shares content rated as false or misleading by one of our fact- partners. checking “. “
Facebook specifies that it is already reducing in the news feed the reach of articles whose content has been discredited.
A notification to prevent items have been flagged
The social media giant is simultaneously launching a new alert tool that lets users know if they are interacting with content that has been rated by a “fact-checker.”
“We’re currently notifying individuals when they share content that has been subsequently rated by a fact-checker, and we’ve revamped those notifications to make it easier to understand when that’s happening,” Facebook says.
“We want to give users more information before they like a page that has repeatedly shared content rated by fact-checkers. Therefore, when a user likes one of these pages, he sees a pop-up appear. “
More information on “debunked” articles
The notification includes the article from the fact-checker that refutes the allegation, as well as an invitation to share the article with those following the page. She also says that people who repeatedly spread false information may have their posts moved to the bottom of the news feed so that other people are less likely to see them.
Users can then see other information, such as the fact that fact checkers reported that some posts shared by the page contained false information, as well as a link to more information about the fact checker program. platform.
“It will help people make an informed decision about whether they want to follow the page. “