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Facebook Introduces New Measures to Counter Misinformation Ahead of Presidential Election

Facebook introduced new measures to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the U.S. presidential election, on the same day it unveiled the removal of a network of Russian accounts concentrating on U.S. voters on Instagram.

Facebook stated it would increase transparency by measures such as exhibiting more details about the confirmed owner of a Facebook web page and more prominently identifying content material that independent fact-checkers have checked as false.

The social media titan has come under fire in recent weeks over its policy of sparing advertisements run by politicians from fact-checking, drawing wrath from Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg boasted the policy, saying social media had introduced transformative avenues for speech that should not be shut down.

That same day, the Biden campaign called for the removal of an advert run by a super PAC, not a politician, that it stated contained false claims about the former vice president. Katie Harbath, Facebook’s head of global elections policy, stated in response that if the now inactive advert ran once more, it would be sent to Facebook’s third-party fact-checkers.

On Monday, Facebook stated it would be putting into impact its planned prohibition on paid adverts that tell Americans not to vote. Zuckerberg told journalists on a conference call that the prohibition on voter misinformation would further apply to adverts run by politicians.

The corporate will start marking state-controlled media on its page and within the web site’s advert library. In a blog post, Facebook stated it planned to expand this labeling to certain positions on Facebook and Instagram in early 2020.

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