Facebook & Google Announce They're Cracking Down on Fake News Sites
Two of the world's biggest internet companies, Facebook and Google, announced this week that they are cracking down on fake news sites.
Both companies had come under fire during the 2016 campaign for the growth of widely-shared fake news stories that spread false information about the presidential candidates and race.
This Facebook trending story is 100% made up.
Nothing in it is true.
This post of it alone has 10k shares in the last six hours. pic.twitter.com/UpgNtMo3xZ
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 14, 2016
Google revealed Monday that it will withhold digital ads from appearing on any sites that “misrepresent, misstate or conceal information.”
Facebook followed with a similar announcement, confirming that it will work to keep advertising dollars away from fake news sites.
"We do not integrate or display ads in apps or sites containing content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. "While implied, we have updated the policy to explicitly clarify that this applies to fake news. Our team will continue to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance."
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