Facebook Closes 23 Pages with Fake News.

About twenty three Italian own pages have been brought down by Facebook, for spreading fake news and breaking other social network rules.

The closure which includes many pages supporting the country’s populist government parties action, came amid renewed concerns through investigations, that fake news could poison the campaign for the May 26 European Parliament elections, said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement on Monday,

“We have removed a number of fake and duplicate accounts that were violating our authenticity policies, as well as multiple pages for name change.”  

“We also took action against some additional pages that repeatedly posted misinformation. We will take further action if we find additional violations.” 

Facebook however thanked Avaaz for flagging up its concerns and said it was “focused on protecting the integrity of elections across the EU and around the world.’’

In a separate statement, Avaaz said the pages that were closed down had a total of 2.46 million followers and used to spread false or divisive messages against migrants, vaccines and Jews.


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