Eight months later, Facebook fulfills promise to label state-run media

published 04.06.2020 21:32

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Beginning next week, for U.S. users, Facebook will also affix the label to posts from the pages that show up in News Feed.

"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," Thursday's blog post announcing the feature reads.

Facebook had to distinguish between several types of media outlets: those with public funding and editorial independence, organizations funded and controlled by the state, and those that fell somewhere in between.

In Facebook's announcement Thursday, it said it consulted with experts to understand "the different ways and degrees to which governments exert editorial control over media entities."

"We know that governments continue to use funding mechanisms to control media, but this alone doesn’t tell the full story," Facebook writes.

by Rachel Kraus from sea.mashable.com

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