It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Facebook, the social network that makes billions of dollars for advertisers by selling ads that are sometimes manipulated and often fake.
After it came to light that a number of its products were being used in Russian propaganda campaigns, Facebook announced that it was removing more than a million accounts associated with fake news stories.
It also said that it would start banning the use of automated accounts in ads.
And, in a surprise move, it said that the number of accounts that it’s already banned will be reduced.
What happened to all the fake news?
Facebook has acknowledged that the fake stories it’s removing are the result of automated bots that have been using its platform to amplify and spread fake news, in an attempt to influence elections and make money.
The company has said that its data suggests that bots were responsible for more than half of the posts on the social media platform, according to The Washington Post.
In some cases, the accounts have also been linked to accounts on other platforms that were previously linked to them.
Some of the fake posts that have generated a great deal of outrage have come from Russia, which has used Facebook to spread its propaganda across the world, including on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
But Facebook has also come under fire from its own users, who have accused the company of a lack of transparency about the nature of the propaganda, and have called for an independent investigation into the content that has been promoted.
In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hundreds of Facebook users have called on him to do more to curb the spread of misinformation.
They also demanded that Facebook remove the ads that were linked to the accounts.
What does this mean for you?
You may want to be on the lookout for new ads in your Facebook feed, as the company is working to make it harder to spread misinformation.
Facebook is also making it easier to remove posts from its site and from its mobile apps.