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Facebook answered some questions and didn’t answer many others about election integrity

We missed this earlier In late July, several core members of the Facebook team came together to speak about Facebook's new and expanded election strategy. The agenda was to be election strategy, political advertising, news feed integrity, controlling the spread of fake news, and quality of news feed and how content rated and distributed. Here are some highlights: –Pages of political candidates now have an 'Issues' tab where users can learn more about the candidate and their views. The platform also provides for comparison of candidates, reminders to vote (cheeky), and so on. –Facebook has partnered with 27 third-party fact-checking partners in 17 countries to root out and/or limit the spread of false news. –Facebook's election integrity team has now amounts to 15,000 people, and will be close to 20,000 by this year (US mid-term elections are in November). The platform says the team reviews content in over 50 languages, they also claim to stop over a million fake accounts per day at the 'point of creation.' What we didn't know before Facebook will reduce visibility of fake news instead of deleting it Facebook will straight up remove anything that violates its Community Standards. However, if a post does not violate its Community Standards, but 'does undermine the authenticity of our platform', Facebook will reduce the distribution of such content. "For example, we show stories rated false by fact-checkers lower in News Feed so dramatically fewer people see them." said Tessa Lyons, Product Manager for News Feed. Lyons clarifies that…

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