After the US election in 2016, Facebook initially dismissed the idea that fake news on its site could have played a role in the outcome. But the company started to work more diligently on the problem after finding in 2017 that Russia ran a coordinated misinformation campaign to stoke discord, using stolen and fake identities. Photo: AP

Facebook ‘delighted’ by war room response to fight fake news during Brazil election

  • Pablo Ortellado, a professor of public policy at the University of Sao Paulo who has studied fake news, said Facebook has made good strides
  • Even if it’s not a full solution, the war room is symbolic of Facebook’s work to assuage public concern about fake accounts and misinformation on its site
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After the US election in 2016, Facebook initially dismissed the idea that fake news on its site could have played a role in the outcome. But the company started to work more diligently on the problem after finding in 2017 that Russia ran a coordinated misinformation campaign to stoke discord, using stolen and fake identities. Photo: AP
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