Individuals who share — or are repeat offenders — fake news consistently could face penalties. “Starting today, we will reduce the distribution of all posts in News Feed from an individual’s Facebook account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of our fact-checking partners,” said Facebook. This means that users will not be able to share content if they are habitual fake news spreaders. Also, Facebook will share a ‘notice’ against people who repeatedly share false information, which may see their posts moved lower in News Feed so other people are less likely to see them.
Further, Facebook is also redesigning notifications around fake news or misinformation on its platform. Users will know if the content that is fake is being shared. The notification includes the fact-checker’s article debunking the claim as well as a prompt to share the article with their followers.
Facebook’s new measures aren’t just against individual users but also Pages that are notorious for sharing fake news. “We want to give people more information before they like a Page that has repeatedly shared content that fact-checkers have rated, so you’ll see a pop up if you go to like one of these Pages,” explained Facebook.
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