April 23, 2020 | 11: 37 am
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A sample screenshot of the new Facebook label.
Facebook through AP
OAKLAND, Calif.– Facebook said Wednesday it will label posts from popular accounts with their geographical origin in an effort to curb political false information by foreign-based pages that imitate legitimate groups and political celebrations.
The new policy will use to popular pages about elections, home entertainment and other subjects and will mark every post they make on Facebook and Instagram with its origin.
It’s the social network’s newest attempt to combat election-related misinformation. Russia and other nations have actually been utilizing social media to attempt to affect political discourse in the United States and somewhere else, frequently by masquerading as regional interest groups.
Facebook will at first target pages based beyond the US that reach a great deal of individuals inside the United States. The labels, the company states, will help individuals “evaluate the reliability and authenticity” of what they see.
While the labels add a new layer of details– and one users will not need to click to find– it’s not likely to help with more perilous attempts to affect the November presidential election and sow political discord in the US.
Last fall, for instance, Facebook removed lots of pages and accounts that supposed to be Americans focused on US politics, but which actually originated in Iran and Russia. This March, on the other hand, both Facebook and twitter announced takedowns of advanced foreign operations revealing that showed Russian giants contracting out election interference efforts to countries in West Africa.