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    Facebook to Offer Tools to Combat Fake News
    VOICE OF AMERICA Source Reuters Dec 15. 2016

    Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would roll out a number of new tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network.

    The company will make it easier for users to flag fake articles on their News Feed and will also work with organizations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories.

    Facebook said that if the fact-checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as "disputed" and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.

    The company said disputed stories may appear lower in its news feed, adding that once a story is flagged, it cannot be promoted.

    Facebook also said it has eliminated the ability of spammers to spoof domain names of real publications.

    The social media company had faced severe criticism for failing to stem a flood of phony news articles in the runup to the U.S. presidential election.

    Ahead of the November 8 U.S. election, Facebook users saw fake news reports erroneously alleging that Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump and that a federal agent who had been investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was found dead.

    The company has traditionally relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against the company's "community standards." Facebook to Offer Tools to Combat Fake News

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    INTERFAX-UKRAINE 14:49 21.02.2019
    Facebook to tighten policy of placing election ads in Ukraine in mid-March

    The world's largest social network Facebook will tighten from the middle of March the policy of placing by users of advertisements regarding the upcoming March 31 presidential election in Ukraine, Facebook Product Manager Sarah Schiff has said.

    "As of last week we already started to temporarily disallow foreign electoral ads that target Ukraine, and we launched this six weeks prior to the presidential elections on March 31 as part of our effort to prevent foreign interference. And beyond what we launched last week, we also are going to be launching our ads transparency tools in mid-March and this is the similar ads tools to what we have launched in the United States, Brazil, India, and the UK," she said during a conference call with journalists on Wednesday.

    According to her, the new rules suggest more stringent identification of the persons placing such advertising.

    "Before anyone can run any ad related to politics in the week leading up to Ukraine's election, we will actually require that person running the ad submits valid identity documents issued by Ukraine in order to confirm that they are who they said they are. Once they confirm their identity, they should also be able to share more information about who is responsible for those ads. And this is really part of our commitment to ensure authenticity behind all political ads on Facebook," she said.

    At the same time, she added that the new policy implies wider opportunities for the examination of placed advertisements.

    "In addition to ensuring that people behind political ads have confirmed their identity, we also want to show information to people so that these people have more information to add themselves to know who is really responsible for that. And also from this view, you can see more information about ads performers, like how much was spent on the ad, how many impressions were delivered, whether the ad is still active and demographic information about who the ad actually reached along the lines of age, gender and location. All of this information will be placed in 'ad library,' publicly available at," she explained.

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      Facebook tightens political ad rules in Europe to stop interference in upcoming elections
      Published an hour ago
      CNBC Ryan Browne 3/29/2019

      --Facebook is expanding on measures it put in place in countries including the U.K., U.S. and India.
      --Political advertisers will need to undergo checks and ads will be labeled with disclosures on who paid for them.
      --Its also introducing Ads Library, a tool that lets users finds information about an ad stored on a public database.

      These changes will not prevent abuse entirely, Richard Allan, Facebooks vice president of global policy solutions, said. Were up against smart, creative and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as we spot abuse.

      But we believe that they will help prevent future interference in elections on Facebook. And that is why they are so important, he added.

      The social media giant has been the subject of much scrutiny over how it handled attempts by Russia-backed trolls to masquerade as political advertisers to sway public opinion during votes like 2016 U.S. presidential election.

      Voters in the bloc will go to the polls on May 23.

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      • #4
        Facebook Removes More Pages, Accounts Linked To 'Inauthentic' Russian Operators
        RFE/RL Russia May 06, 2019 19:40 GMT

        Facebook said it has removed more pages and accounts that are believed to have originated in Russia and were involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

        In an announcement posted on its corporate blog on May 6, the world's largest social-media company said it targeted groups and pages that were being deceptive about who was behind them and what they were up to.

        The takedown included accounts on its Instagram photo-sharing platform, Facebook said.

        "We found two separate, unconnected operations that originated in Russia and used similar tactics, creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing," Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in the post.

        The "coordinated inauthentic behavior" was "part of a small network emanating from Russia that focused on Austria, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom," he said.

        Ukraine was the focus of 97 Facebook accounts, pages, or groups removed from the social network, he wrote.

        Posts by the account typically involved local and political news, the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the war in Syria, and Russian politics.

        Facebook did not disclose the identities of those behind the accounts.

        The move is part of the latest effort by the social-media giant to cut down on the number of false and deceptive accounts that have proliferated on the platform in recent years.

        U.S. intelligence agencies say Facebook and other social-media platforms were used by a Russian company called the Internet Research Agency to sow discord and spread misinformation in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

        Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted the company, its purported owner, and several others for their use of fake Facebook accounts during the 2016 election.

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