Facebook cracks down on bogus posts triggering violence

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Silicon Valley: Social media giant Facebook has started its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence.

“There are certain forms of misinformation that have contributed to physical harm, and we are making a policy change which will enable us to take that type of content down,” a Facebook spokesperson said after a briefing on the policy at the company’s campus here on Wednesday.

The spokesperson said that the new policy will be implemented during the coming months and  Facebook may remove inaccurate or misleading content, such as doctored photos, created or shared to stir up to ignite volatile situations in the real world.

The social network said it is partnering with local organizations and authorities adept at identifying when posts are false and likely to prompt violence.

Facebook, the world’s leading online social network, has been lambasted for allowing rumours or blatantly false information to circulate that may have contributed to violence.

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