Facebook to do more to tackle troll farms

The social media giant also putting measures in place to deal with 'fake news' on the platform
Facebook to do more to tackle troll farms
By Gavin Gibbon
Thu 20 Jun 2019 11:18 AM

Facebook has conceded it could do better to tackle troll farms.

It was revealed at the first Facebook News Forum, hosted by Dubai Press Club in partnership with the social media giant.

In a report by Gulf News, Jesper Doub, Director of News Partnerships EMEA with Facebook, is quoted as saying: “We were very slow to react in the Philippines... Way too slow to understand what was happening there.”

In January 2019, Facebook took down over 200 pages and accounts on the platform.

One of the pages deleted was owned by a media enterprise in the Philippines which was caught repeatedly violating Facebook’s spam policies and manipulating public information through coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

The report also revealed Facebook is working with the US-based Poynter Institute to build a global network of professional journalistic “fact checkers” to control the epidemic of ‘fake news’ on its social media platform.

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