The New York Times reported that Google said it would ban websites that peddle fake news from using its online advertising service. Hours later, Facebook, the social network, updated the language in its Facebook Audience Network policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.
Facebook has been at the epicenter of that debate,acused by some of swinging some voters in favor of President-elect Donald J. Trump through misleading and outright wrong stories that spread quickly via the social network. One such false story claimed that Pope Francis had endorsed Mr. Trump.”
I do agree that fake news does pop up on FB, and I’ve seen a lot of that myself too. I think Facebook and google have to be responsible when it comes to filtering what is considered as “news” on their platforms. Obviously consumers must be critical and smart by not simply taking in everything they see, but I believe it is their responsibility to eliminate fake news, because it can be misleading.