In light of the current world events going on, especially on the political scene, Facebook has announced today that it was now barring Hoax websites from using its Facebook Audience Network ads. This follows a similar announcement that Google made to also would ban sites that publish fake news stories from using its advertising network. Fake stories with inflammatory headlines are capable of scoring millions of views, making it financially viable for people to invent their own news.
A Facebook spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that; “While implied, we have updated the policy to explicitly clarify that this applies to fake news. We vigorously enforce our policies and take swift action against sites and apps that are found to be in violation. Our team will continue to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance.
After the recent US presidential elections big social networks especially Facebook and twitter have faced criticism for their unregulated role they played in spreading false stories disguised up as real news. Like the Pope’s apparent endorsement for Donald Trump.
Although Facebook’s current move won’t solve the current issues on its platform in the short run, the social media company is at least doing something to combat the issue now.