Facebook: Facebook says its ‘anti-fake news’ algorithm ‘has improved’
Posted On July 19, 2021
Facebook has said its anti-fake-news algorithm “has improved” in recent weeks, and that “many people are beginning to trust us again”.
The social media giant announced a series of changes in the last two weeks that it says are aimed at preventing fake news from spreading and preventing misleading ads from appearing.
The company said it is working with governments and “civil society groups” to combat fake news.
It said the “solutions” included increasing the number of countries that are required to register with Facebook, and updating the rules to give users more control over who can be notified.
Facebook has faced criticism for not acting on fake news before, such as the case of Russian journalist Alexei Navalny who was jailed for seven years in 2014 for allegedly spreading fake news on his site.
Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said earlier this year that the company was working on a system to “solve” the problem of fake news, and the company said in October it would implement an ad-blocker.
Sandberg said at the time that Facebook would work with governments to “help prevent the spread of misinformation”.
“This is the kind of work that will take time,” Sandberg told the BBC at the Time to Digital event.
In the past, Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to combat misinformation on its site. “
But we’re working to solve the problem.”
In the past, Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to combat misinformation on its site.
It is the world’s largest social network, with more than 100 billion users worldwide.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently charged Facebook with misleading users by advertising on the social network without their consent.
The FTC said the ad was part of a multi-year scheme to sell the company ads on Facebook.
Facebook said it would work to “remove ads and misinformation that people see, such that we can show more relevant content to our users”.
Facebook said it also planned to introduce a new ad-blocking feature to its platform that it said would prevent fake news stories from appearing in its ads.
Facebook is also launching a new way to remove false stories from news feeds.
Users will be able to choose from a list of stories they believe to be false, rather than seeing the full story.
Facebook said its new “trending news” feature will allow people to see what other people are seeing in their news feeds, rather like a trending topic.
Facebook will also expand its social ads into areas that advertisers don’t normally do, such, sports, entertainment, and other niche topics.
Facebook has also created a “Trending News” section on the company’s news feed, which will show users how other people have been reacting to the news.
Sandburg also said the company would be making more changes to its algorithm to improve its response to news stories, and to “fight misinformation”.
The move comes after a year in which Facebook faced scrutiny over the role of Russia’s state-owned propaganda network, Sputnik News.
In October, the company suspended Sputniks account after it was revealed it was run by the Russian government.