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Company Response

25 Mar 2019

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Facebook

Response from Facebook

We share Avaaz’s concerns about the spread of misinformation on Facebook that may mislead people or harm the democratic process. That’s why we’ve taken a number of steps to reduce the distribution of false news and provide people with more context about the information they’re seeing. We’re working with independent, Poynter Institute-accredited fact checkers to identify false information, demote it in News Feed so fewer people see it, and to surface fact checks as Related Articles to those who do. And, through Article Context, we’re giving everyone more information on the sources of all articles shared on Facebook so they can make more informed judgements.
We’re continuing to explore ways to tackle this important challenge while also ensuring that we aren’t imposing undue restrictions on freedom of expression, and we welcome conversations, debate, and suggestions on the right approach like those in Avaaz’s report.