People who share fake news or repeat offenders could face fines. “Starting today, we’re reducing the distribution of all newsfeed posts through someone’s Facebook account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of our fact-checking partners,” said Facebook. This means that if users are habitually fake news distributors, they will not be able to share any content. In addition, Facebook will post a “notification” against people who repeatedly provide incorrect information. This may move their posts down the news feed, making them less likely to be seen by other people.
In addition, Facebook is redesigning notifications of fake news or misinformation on its platform. Users will know if the fake content is being shared. The notification includes the fact-checker article debunking the claim, as well as a request to share the article with his followers.
The new measures taken by Facebook are not only directed against individual users, but also against sites that are notorious for exchanging fake messages. “We’d like to give people more information before they like a page that has repeatedly shared content that has been rated by fact checkers. If you like any of those pages, you’ll see a popup,” explained Facebook.