Facebook’s chief executive said Wednesday that the company will try to limit the spread of “divisive content” after the U.S. presidential election in November, but stopped short of committing to new political ad rules.
Executives from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter testified at the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Russia’s alleged use of social media platforms to spread propaganda and false news stories in the 2016 U.S. election.
Since the beginning of the year, Facebook has introduced a number of features to fight fake news, but the company still finds itself in the firing line for failing to predict the shock outcome of the US presidential elections and the UK’s Brexit vote. To address the problem, Facebook said on Tuesday it will remove fake news stories that try to mislead users in line with the company’s standards.
Facebook already implemented some elements of these restrictions on Monday. The company said that
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Facebook announced Thursday that it would require more users to confirm they are at least 18 years old in order to purchase any post, which is up from just the current age requirement of 13.
Facebook is also adding a section that prohibits users from posting people in a pornographic or sexually explicit situation or sharing nude images that were taken or distributed without consent.