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Facebook to crack down on groups spreading misinformation

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Facebook on Wednesday ramped up its battle against misinformation, taking aim at groups spreading lies and adding “trust” indicators to news feeds.

Moves outlined by Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen were described as part of a strategy launched three years ago to “remove, reduce and inform” when it comes for troublesome content posted at the leading social network’s family of services.

“This involves removing content that violates our policies, reducing the spread of problematic content that does not violate our policies and informing people with additional information so they can choose what to click, read or share,” Rosen said.

An array of updates included cracking down on misbehaving groups and those who run them, as well as making it harder to impersonate others.

The leading social network indicated it will be tougher on inappropriate content in groups, which may not be seen by the public but which can circulate hoaxes and promote abusive or violent actions.

When reviewing groups to decide whether they should be taken down, Facebook will more closely scrutinize what posts are approved by their administrators and which are rejected to determine whether social network standards are being violated.

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Facebook will als add a “group quality” feature that provides an overview of content that has been flagged, removed or found to be false information, according to Rosen.

Starting Wednesday, if people in a group repeatedly share content deemed to be false by independent fact-checkers, Facebook will reduce that group’s overall news feed distribution, Rosen said.

The internet titan also launched a collaboration with outside experts to find more ways to quickly fight misinformation.

An idea Facebook has been exploring since 2017 involves enlisting members of the social network pinpointing journalistic sources to corroborate or contradict online content.

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Facebook added a section to its Community Standards website where people can track updates made by the social network.

“Over the last two years, we’ve focused heavily on reducing misinformation on Facebook,” Rosen said.

The “trust” indicators to be added to news feeds are developed by a consortium of news organizations known as the Trust Project — which offer information on a news organization’s ethics and other standards for fairness and accuracy, according to Facebook.

Facebook also said it would seek to stop impersonations by bringing is “verified badge” to Messenger.

“This tool will help people avoid scammers that pretend to be high-profile people by providing a visible indicator of a verified account,” Rosen said.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

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Comedian Bill Cosby, who is serving a three and a half year jail sentence, on Tuesday appealed a Pennsylvania court's verdict that found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago.

"This filing is an important step in ensuring that Mr Cosby receives a hearing from a fair and impartial court," the actor's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said.

"The Constitution guarantees that right to Mr Cosby -- and to all Americans -- and he looks forward to securing justice in the court of appeal," he said in a statement.

The 81-year-old, who shattered racial barriers with his pioneering role as a dad and doctor on the hit television series "The Cosby Show," (1984-1992), was found guilty in April 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, now 46, at his Philadelphia mansion.

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