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Facebook and Google Will Target Fake News Sites

Facebook and Google Will Target Fake News Sites

Added: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The two tech giants are going to pursue fake news websites and kick the hoaxers off their ad networks. The move intends to prevent misleading the public from being profitable.


Google was first to announce a policy update that would restrict its adverts from being placed on fake news websites. However, it is unclear whether the search giant is able to correctly identify such websites. For example, a few days ago, Google’s top news link for “final election results” led to a fabricated story claiming that Trump had won the popular vote by 700,000 votes, while in reality Clinton is currently in the lead by the same margin.

Facebook followed Google’s example and updated its wording in the policies for its own advertising platform, which already bans adverts in websites displaying “misleading or illegal” content. Now the company is going to make clear that those terms also apply to fake news sites. Facebook promised to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance, after being accused of swinging the election in Trump’s favor thanks to its algorithm promoting fake news to millions of users. Media reports claimed that over 100 pro-Trump fake news websites were run from a Balkan city.

Obviously, cutting off the revenue to such websites by limiting their profits from advertising may limit their proliferation. However, the social network in particular faces a more fundamental problem: when Facebook users engage more with fake news than real ones, its algorithm will promote the fake news. Even if the fake news sites don’t profit from advertising, they may have other revenue sources, which may provide enough motivation.

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Date:  Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Comments (13) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-11-17 17:43:00)
analogkid6103 avatarFake news, Real news, which is which and does anyone care.
Does anyone really know for certain what is real and what is not?

posted by (2016-11-17 19:50:49)
NastyTonberry avatarThats right, BELIEVE US, NOT them!!! As if Facebook hasn't already manipulated news feeds to create emotional contagion!? essentially spreading "misleading or fake" information. Same can be said for Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BBC News etc etc oh and Buzzfeed! (can't leave that s**tshower out) But throw in some money, oh yeah always plenty of that. €150,000 to three UK organisations working on "fact-checking" projects to help journalists and of course the public avoid falling for fake stories and bogus claims...just shows you how pathetically dumb and willfully ignorant the public are, and what do you expect if you watch the mainsteam media, jeez! As analogkid6103 said....what is real anymore anyway, they'll be believing that ISIS is the new world superpower next, or in this case your vote counts!

posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-11-17 22:21:15)
Selsley avatargonna miss the sunday sport then with such headlines as 'b52 bomber found on moon'

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanSun (2016-11-17 23:03:25)
bone111 avatarno more fake celeb deaths then

posted by ET junkie (2016-11-18 01:05:30)
No avatarWhat about BuzzFeed tho?

posted by (2016-11-18 01:38:20)
jeremyhall2727 avatarLol i always get dumb stuff about Obama changing x-mas & Thanksgiving to random stuff.

posted by (2016-11-18 05:49:26)
dokemon avatarThanks for info

posted by Turtle (2016-11-18 07:52:48)
ReservoirDogs avatarBut they don't forget to bill monthly the people/company who paid their campaign placed on these fake/new websites !!!
So they take money in one hand and don't want to pay their due in the other hand...

posted by (2016-11-18 10:57:48)
No avatarLOL Google and Facebook provide the most fake news , what hypocrites! They will try and stop the truth coming to people. we must unites all pirates to stop using these crap sites. All they are is web sites and they get power from the masses. If we all educate the people not to use them and use safer alternatives their Lego blocks will come apart.

posted by (2016-11-19 04:48:23)
No avatarActually, it's the MSM that's lying about the popular vote. Trump IS ahead, and the absentee ballots remaining won't give Shillary enough to "sin the popular vote" if she gets 100% of them.

posted by (2016-11-19 13:24:11)
robbow123 avatarWhat is real and what is not. A very easy thing to do. One sometimes need to do some work and more difficult be open to believe things that don't conform to how one wants things to be.

If someone is utterly convinced the right or the left are responsible for conspiring to hurt them, then they will never no or care what is real. science is a hoax and if it is reported somewhere that they are convinced is never wrong then they would walk over a cliff if their hero told them there was an invisible bridge.

posted by (2016-11-21 01:19:37)
JerstPerky avatar@11 i agree!

posted by (2016-11-21 09:34:41)
No avatarThis is potentially dangerous, but on the other hand, we've never seen anything quite like this plague of "fake news", and it's happening on both the left and the right. (although, it seems like the right has more of it churning out) It's pretty fantastic that people are claiming Trump is ahead in the popular vote. He's not. By any objective standard - and yet there is just flat denial of the fact. The MSM gets things wrong, and they clearly have an establishment bent/perspective, but they are generally tied by the facts. If we all start acting like the facts are just a matter of opinion, then we really are all screwed.

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