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Facebook to ban ads from the pages that share fake news

In its battle against misinformation, Facebook will now ban ads from the pages that repeatedly share fake news. The social media platform said in a blogpost that if pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook. Such Pages were using Facebook ads to build their audiences in order to distribute false news more broadly. “Now, if a Page repeatedly shares stories that have been flagged false, they will no longer be able to buy ads on Facebook. If Pages stop sharing false news, they may be eligible to start running ads again," it said in the post. Facebook said that it is working to fight the spread of false news by three ways: -Disrupting the economic incentives to create false news; -Building new products to curb the spread of false news; and -Helping people make more informed decisions when they encounter false news. Facebook uses third-party fact checking sources to determine if stories are false. The social network rolled out disputed tag on Facebook and gave users tools to report fake news last year. A story is checked by five third-party fact-checking websites–ABC News, AP, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes–to verify its veracity after it is reported by users. Besides, we also spotted the below ad to fight fake news in Kenya on Twitter. #Facebook takes out full-page add in #Kenya newspaper to offer advice on identifying fake news. A brave new world #KenyaDecides #fakenews pic.twitter.com/56R6KVYqWp — Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis) August 3,…

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