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Facebook publishes fake news warning ads in UK papers

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Facebook published an advertisement in several British newspapers to warn users about fake news ahead of the general election in the United Kingdom scheduled for June 8.

The social media website’s ad includes 10 tips on how to spot false news on Facebook, including suggestions to look out for “misspellings or awkward layouts,” as well as to take a good look at URLs since fake news “mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL.” The social network also called on users to make sure the news story isn’t meant as a “joke” or “satirical” content.

“People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we,” claimed Simon Milner, Facebook’s UK director of policy.

The tips for recognizing fake news were published on Facebook in April and today they appeared in the Telegraph, the Times, Metro and the Guardian to warn the UK public about the possibility of questionable content appearing on the social media website in the run-up to the general election in the UK.

Earlier, Damian Collins, a Conservative member of Parliament urged Facebook to deal with the issue in order to avoid people basing their votes on untrue information. According to Collins, many people nowadays use Facebook as their “main source of news” and if what they read on the social network is “mostly fake news,” their votes are likely to be influenced by “lies.”

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