It seems like Facebook wants to stop fake news from spreading so badly that it decided to move its campaign off the internet and into the papers too. So, this week, the social media giant has printed full-page ads in some of the most important British newspapers. Those include The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Times. The ads were warning users to better check the facts they receive and to not believe everything that appears on their feed. Frankly, the ads in the papers are offering the same advices to people as the campaign Facebook has been conducting online.
The fight against fake news goes on
Tin the ads, Facebook is warning people to sort the information they receive and to think twice about believing anything that sounds too unbelievable or shocking. Usually. When something looks too good or too amazing to be true, it probably is. The social media giant has partnered up with fact checking charity called Full Fact. They are also warning the readers to be on the look for “look-a-like URLs”. It would be the best to search for that particular piece of news on a trusted news outlet and see if it fits.
Facebook preferred to not mention its name in particular, but the company’s logo was somewhere at the top of the page, very visible for the reader. All the adds end with the line:
Together, we can limit the spread of false news.
Just in time
It is worth noting that all those anti-fake news adds are appearing in the British press just a month before the general election in the country. This will take place on June 8th. This move might have been prompted by various accusations which targeted Facebook and other social media platforms. Those appeared especially after the United States presidential election. Many have accused the platform of promoting fake news in order to favor a certain candidate.
Facebook did the same last month in France, ahead of the country’s presidential election which took place on Sunday. Young candidate Emmanuel Macron beat the far-right one, Marine Le Pen, therefore becoming France’s new president at just 39-years old. So, it seems like the social media giant continue to fight against the spreading of fake news and misinformation. This is a modern problem which should disappear as soon as possible.
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