Facebook introduces warning labels to prevent the sharing of fake news in the run-up to US elections

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October 22, 2019, 1:10 PM GMT+0

The new rules make it tougher for foreign groups to pose as American citizens.

 Social Media giant Facebook said it has introduced a new set of rules, to prevent election meddling and interferences from “outside governments” ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections. The company said as a part of its effort to curb election manipulation it has shut down more than 50 networks of inauthentic accounts.

The social networking site said it is using independent third-party fact-checkers to label posts that are entirely or partially false. Facebook-owned Instagram will also warn users about the authenticity of flagged posts through a pop-window before they share it.

The company is also launching Facebook Protect to protect and monitor the accounts of electoral officials and candidates. Facebook also said it would be banning ads which misguide users and discourage voting.

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