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Facebook labels state-controlled media posts, will block ads

Jun 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday began labelling media organisations whose editorial calls may be under the influence of governments and said ads from those outlets would be blocked later this year.

The social network is following through on a previously announced plan to label state-controlled news publishers, according to Facebook head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

Facebook later this year will begin adding similar labels to ads by such news outlets, blocking them entirely ahead of the US presidential election in November "To provide an extra layer of protection against various types of foreign influence in the public debate," according to Gleicher.

In the US, labels will also appear on posts in News Feeds at the leading social network, according to Gleicher.

Facebook said it consulted "More than 65 experts around the world specializing in media, governance, and human rights and development" to establish its policy on state media.