Facebook promises crackdown on fake news in Australia


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  • Friday, 05 Apr 2019

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SYDNEY: Social media giant Facebook Inc said on April 5 it would strengthen measures to fight fake news in Australia and briefly block foreigners from buying political advertisements in the lead-up to a national election due in a few weeks.

The move comes with the company – and its peers around the world – under growing pressure to rid their platforms of misinformation after Russia allegedly used Facebook to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

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