Facebook will start to ban false information ahead of the US midterms next month. This isn’t a new move for the leading social media platform, but after the fiasco of the 2016 presidential elections, Facebook is doubling its efforts to ensure it isn’t used as a medium to force political agendas.
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Several posts back in 2016 provided misinformation about alternative ways to vote or posting incorrect dates altogether, this level of voting manipulation is something Facebook is actively fighting against – promising to ban content that spreads deliberate misinformation.
Users will be able to flag these posts through new tools that will be deployed, allowing third-party fact-checkers to inspect them.
Facebook is attempting to clear up their platform in general after a rough few years of scandals and negative publicity. The coming midterms will be an interesting test for the platform to see if they can control the environment, making it a safer and less combative place.