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Facebook and Instagram will begin to label and hide fake publications, as well as flag state media

This is necessary to combat fakes in the 2020 US presidential election.

Facebook before the presidential election in 2020 introduces new rules to combat fake publications. Representatives of the company told the blog.

In November, the company will begin to tag and hide on Facebook and Instagram content recognized by fake third parties. Such messages will be shown in the stream, but to view them you will need to click on the additional button. Users who want to share information previously deemed unreliable will be shown a pop-up window with information about this.

Facebook will also begin to mark pages owned by “media organizations that are wholly or partly under the editorial control of the authorities of their countries.” The company developed its concept of “state-owned media” and promised to regularly update this list. If the media disagrees with this tag, it may try to challenge it.

Before the election, the company launched Facebook Protect – protecting the accounts of participants in the election race. Page administrators will be able to register in this system and invite their colleagues there. If Facebook detects attempts to hack one account from this network, it will be able to quickly protect other accounts associated with this organization.

New Facebook Protect Feature

The company also talked about the removal of three networks of accounts from Iran and one from Russia, as part of the fight against foreign influence. Accounts were deleted based on actions, not published content. “In each case, the people behind these actions coordinated with each other and used false accounts to impersonate others, which became the basis for our step,” the social networks explained.

Facebook has added additional information about who controls the page. The tab will display the legal name of the organization, its address and owner. The innovation was explained by the fact that often organizations hide from users that they manage the specified page.

Now users will be able to see how much the US presidential candidate spent on advertising, as well as his campaign costs at the federal and regional levels.

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