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Facebook ­nveils Plans for Preventing Spread of Misinformation Ahead of Elections Worldwide


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Seeking to head off fake news in upcoming elections.

Facebook has announced plans designed to prevent the spread of misinformation and add transparency to political and issue advertising, ahead of elections in the European Union and elsewhere.

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Facebook this week announced new plans to prevent the spread of misinformation and add transparency to political and issue advertising ahead of elections in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere.

The social network said new tools it is releasing will make it easier for users to learn about groups behind political ads.

The social media site also promised tougher vetting of advertisers to guarantee they are not foreign entities aiming to manipulate local elections.

Facebook said it will start collating information on ads in the EU, India, Ukraine, and Israel within in a library that users can access for up to seven years. It will feature information on the number of people the ads reached, demographics of who viewed the ads, and the ads' budgets.

The company also is establishing operations centers focused on election integrity in Ireland and Singapore this year, to combat misinformation circulated during elections worldwide.

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