Facebook begins labeling posts from foreign state-controlled media

published 04.06.2020 16:56

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Facebook announced Thursday that it has started labelling posts from state-controlled media outlets.

The labels will first appear on the outlets's page before being added to posts on the News Feed over the next week.

"We’re providing greater transparency into these publishers because they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state, and we believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government," Facebook's head of cybersecurity, Nathan Gleicher, wrote in a blog post.

Facebook's definition of state-controlled media was developed in collaboration with experts and organizations in the fields of media, governance, human rights and development.

Among the outlets that will receive labels Thursday are Russia Today, Sputnik, Xinhua News and Philippine News Agency.