San Francisco, – Facebook said today that it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.

The elections are set to take place April 23 and the social media giant said that it is working on reducing the spread pf material generated through “inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.” The company said that its effort includes taking action against French accounts covering the elections, by removing sites with the highest traffic. Facebook and French media are also running fact-checking programs in France to combat misleading information, especially around the campaign for the two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election.

European authorities have also pressured Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist propaganda or other postings that violate European hate speech or other laws. Both companies, but Facebook in particular, came under heavy pressure after the conclusion of the US elections late last year. Officials in the U.S. accused social media companies of not doing enough to prevent the promotion of fake news. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency