Facebook is expanding its campaign against fake news to print media. "That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news", said Facebook's United Kingdom policy director, Simon Milner. Apparently, "catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation marks" could contain false news and users should be wary of clicking on clickbaity, screeching claims.
The elections are scheduled for June 8.
Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the United Kingdom press.
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The company also announced it was supporting Full Fact, a UK-based political fact-checker, "to work with major newsrooms to address rumors and misinformation spreading online during the United Kingdom general election".
Facebook and fake news were said to have had an effect on the USA election, since then the company has been taking steps to stop these fake stories spreading on social media.
The effort builds on the company's recently expanded campaigns to identify fake news and crack down on automated profile pages that post commercial or political spam.
The spread of fake news across social media was accused by some of influencing the United States presidential election in 2016. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news.
Facebook is also decreasing the ranking of stories that people tend to read but not share.
"We have developed new ways to identify and remove fictitious accounts, which can spread false news".
The spread of fake news has been a problem online for years, but blew up during the U.S. presidential election last year.
As the FT adds, "the 10 tips include watching out for fraudulent web addresses and manipulated photos, as well as considering the source and tone of a story, such as whether it is a joke".
Facebook said its United Kingdom users would see similar suggestions on its site and that it would announce more details about its plan to tackle misinformation during the United Kingdom election.
Facebook led a similar campaign in French newspapers last month, ahead of the presidential election.