The two world’s leading websites were accused recently for spreading incendiary articles about the just concluded controversial US presidential election due to the activities of fake news peddling websites on their platforms.
Facebook on Monday night added these websites to its list of banned adverts including ads for guns, spy cameras and gambling. During the election, these fake news websites kept posting made up stories like American actor Denzel Washington and even the Pope endorsing Donald Trump, causing the social network to fall under criticism as many blamed such false news for Trump’s Victory.
Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed such accusations, referring to the idea as “pretty crazy” saying these fake news accounts for less than 1 percent of articles people see.
Google vows to restrict ad-serving on pages that misrepresent, misstates or conceal information about the publisher, his/her content or the main purpose of the web property. A Facebook spokesman said “We vigorously enforce our policies and take swift action against sites and apps that are found to be in violation. Our team will continue to closely vet all prospective publishers and monitor existing ones to ensure compliance.”