Facebook to Punish Pages that Share Fake News

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Facebook is cracking down on fake news.

The social media site released a blog post on Aug. 28 saying there will now be consequences for pages that share fake stories or hoaxes.

A third-party fact checking organization currently marks fake stories as false, and going forward, if pages repeatedly share these stories, they will be banned from advertising on Facebook.

The site said this update will help to cut down on the amount of false news that is spread and also stop the companies who are spreading the news from making money.

Facebook said in its blog post false news “erodes trust.”  The site wants to build a Facebook community that is more informed and makes better decisions when it comes to false news.

If pages stop sharing the false stories and hoaxes, they will again be allowed to advertise.