Facebook Targeting Fake News in U.K. Ahead of Election

Facebook has deleted tens of thousands of phony profiles as the social networking firm cracks down on fake news ahead of the general election in the U.K.

The social network, as part of its initiative, has launched an awareness campaign in Britain by publishing ads in U.K. newspapers The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph. The ads list 10 tips for spotting bogus news.

“It’s possible to spot false news,” reads a full-page ad place in today’s Guardian. “As we work to limit the spread, check out a few ways to identify whether a story is genuine.”

The tips include being “skeptical” of “catchy headlines,” particularly those that include “shocking claims” that “sound unbelievable.” Readers are also warned to watch for “look-alike URLs.”

“If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate the story is false,” the ad reads.  “If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it’s more likely to be true.”

The 10 tips are also listed on Facebook’s Help Center.

Facebook is also supporting U.K. charity Full Fact to enable it to check election-related claims made on social media.

Facebook has taken a lot of heat since the Donald Trump won the presidential election in the U.S. in November. Critics and the media alike have blamed CEO Mark Zuckerberg for not doing more to rid Facebook of  fake news and many said such phony stories convinced voters to choose Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Although Zuckerberg refuted such claims, it is clear he does not want to take any chances in the U.K. The general election, just one month away, is slated for June 8.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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