Facebook is Now Targeting Individuals Who Spread False Information

by WarriorForum.com Administrator
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A new article on Search Engine Journal reports that individual members now are now being targeted in Facebook's attack on misleading content. Offenders face increasing levels of punitive actions for sharing false information.



Facebook just announced a number of new measures, including penalization, aimed at individuals who spread false information. This is an escalation on the part of Facebook in its effort to reduce the amount of toxic content shared on the platform. Past actions have focused on Facebook Pages and organizations that spread misinformation. This time Facebook is targeting individual members in an effort to educate them, and if they fail to improve their behavior then Facebook will take actions to limit the reach of their posts.

"Today, we're launching new ways to inform people if they're interacting with content that's been rated by a fact-checker as well as taking stronger action against people who repeatedly share misinformation on Facebook. Whether it's false or misleading content about COVID-19 and vaccines, climate change, elections or other topics, we're making sure fewer people see misinformation on our apps."
Facebook's effort to limit misleading content is structured into three actions:
  • Inform Members Before Interacting with Misleading Pages
  • Penalize Members Who Share False Information
  • Educate Individuals Who Have Shared Toxic Content
  • Inform Members Before Sharing

The process for stopping individuals from sharing toxic content begins before they like a page that is known to share misleading content. Facebook will spawn a popup warning about the page and show a link that provides more information about their fact-checking program.

The next step in the process is to penalize individuals who repeatedly share toxic content that has been rated as false by Facebook's raters.

"Starting today, we will reduce the distribution of all posts in News Feed from an individual's Facebook account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of our fact-checking partners."
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  • Profile picture of the author Serene Carmen
    Sounds like they are going in the same direction as Twitter, leaning closer to censorship.
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
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    Censorship takes place in most peoples brains when they can not tolerate the truth or a difference in opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    This time Facebook is targeting individual members in an effort to educate them, and if they fail to improve their behavior then Facebook will take actions to limit the reach of their posts.

    So - 'facebook' will be 'educating' people? Of course not, it will be employees of Facebook deciding what is 'good' and what is 'bad' information. Will be interesting to see how it is applied and what the parameters will be.
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  • Profile picture of the author TobiMDD
    These companies like facebook are destroying themselves.



    Have they ever heard of freedom of speech?


    What makes them think they can decide what information is right or wrong?


    If you have facts and the truth behind you, there would be no need to push your truth with censorship!
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  • They have to make hard rules for future. If they want to go long run.
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