Facebook to penalise people who share misinformation

Facebook warns users that it will take action and penalise users who share misinformation. It is also stepping up its efforts to fight fake news and warns users of suspicious pages and its activity.

Facebook launches new ways to inform people if they are interacting with content that has been verified by a fact-checker. It is also taking stronger action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on social media.

Whether it is false or misleading content about Covid-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, Facebook wants to see fewer people encountering misinformation.

More context for pages that repeatedly share false claims
Facebook wants to screen more information before users like a dubious page, which have been rated by fact-checkers. Users will also see a pop up before liking. Users can click to learn more, including the misinformation shared by the page, what fact-checkers have said, and a link about Facebook’s fact-checking program. This will help people make an informed decision about whether they want to follow the page.

Expanding penalties for individual Facebook accounts
Since launching Facebook’s fact-checking program in late 2016, its focus has been on reducing viral misinformation. Facebook has taken stronger action against pages, groups, Instagram accounts, and domains sharing misinformation. Now, it is taking a stricter approach and will include penalties for individual Facebook accounts too.

Starting today, Facebook will limit what users can post if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by fact-checkers. Facebook will also reduce a post’s reach if it has been debunked.

Redesigned notifications when people share fact-checked content
Facebook notifies people when they share content that a fact-checker later rates. Facebook has also redesigned its notifications to make it easier to understand when this happens. The notification includes the fact-checker’s article debunking the claim as well as a prompt to warn the article with their followers.

It also gives notice to people who repeatedly share false information and their posts might be hidden so other people are less likely to see them.

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