Just this week, the company said it removed four separate networks of accounts, Pages and Groups on Facebook and Instagram for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, and targeting the United States, North Africa and Latin America.
Facebook said about 246,000 accounts followed one or more of these Instagram accounts (about 60% of which were in the US). "We have shared information about our findings with law enforcement, policymakers and industry partners", Facebook said in a press release.
The company plans to heighten protection of the Facebook and Instagram accounts of candidates, elected officials and their teams through a programme called Facebook Protect.
In addition to the US, these four networks were also targeting Facebook users in parts of North Africa as well as Latin America, Gleicher says. Facebook said Monday it will also label state-controlled media as such, label fact-checks more clearly and invest $2 million in media literacy projects.
Ever since the 2016 election, Facebook has been using independent third-party fact-checkers certified through the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute to fact-check some news stories and the company says it has been showing news items that the fact-checkers find partly or completely false lower down in its news feeds. Facebook said that the page violated its policies on spam and fake accounts.
With the U.S. presidential election barely a year away, Facebook is still working to get its house in order.
The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny, Switzerland, May 16, 2012.
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Three of the networks originate from Iran and one from Russian Federation.
The company will start labelling state-controlled media on its page and in the site's ad library.
Facebook's announcements arrive two days before Zuckerberg is set to appear on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are likely to press him on the company's work to safeguard USA elections from foreign manipulation. If the page creators don't post this information, they won't be allowed to advertise.
Still, he's expected to show some self-awareness about Facebook's many controversies, including data breaches and Russian election interference.
"And while I certainly worry about an erosion of truth", Zuckerberg explained, "I don't think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judged to be 100 percent true".
"We will hold these pages to a higher standard of transparency because they combine the opinion-making influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state", a Facebook blog post said.
Advertisers running campaigns on social or political issues in the country now need to confirm their identity and location as Facebook seems to be damming up for misinformation. It has also cracked down on voter intimidation and content or ads that suggest that people should be barred from voting based on their ethnicity, religion, nation of origin, etc. And it hasn't said much about how it handles misinformation spread on its private messaging services such as WhatsApp and Messenger, at least beyond simple measures such as limiting how many times messages can be forwarded.