Facebook takes down fake accounts in UK, Romania

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Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc have been under pressure from regulators around the globe to fight the spread of misinformation aimed at destabilizing elections by stoking hardline positions or supporting propaganda campaigns.

A statement said that government had made a decision to reach out to Facebook and YouTube managements in a bid to remove all anti-polio vaccine propaganda videos and other materials.

It will reduce the ranking of Facebook groups and Pages that spread misinformation about vaccinations in News Feed and Search.

"Also, ads that include misinformation about vaccinations will be rejected", she said.

It won't be promoted through ads or recommendations, and Facebook will make it less visual in searches.

Facebook is also "exploring ways to share educational information about vaccines", possibly by adding such information to inaccurate posts, Bickert said.

"We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation on Facebook by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic", Monika Bickert, Facebook's Vice President of Global Policy Management, wrote in a company blog post this afternoon. WHO in February listed "vaccine hesitancy" among its top 10 most pressing global health threats for 2019 and the United Nations last week warned against "complacency" as measles cases soared worldwide. There are a number of anti-vaccine groups that focus on lobbying against mandatory vaccination.

One group of scientists recently published a study that found the majority of the most-viewed health stories on Facebook in 2018 were downright fake or contained significant amounts of misleading information.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director at the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said it's "those that are unvaccinated that put us all at risk". Simply removing such material, the company said, wouldn't effectively counter fictional information with the factual. However, the spokeswoman said, the users who already belong to the groups or pages will be able to log onto them as usual.

Last month, Facebook removed hundreds of Indonesian accounts, pages and groups from its network after discovering they were linked to an online group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news.

Previously, Pinterest and YouTube have also attempted to reduce the reach of anti-vaccine content.

"Yes", Lindenberger replied. "Mainly Facebook".