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Crackdown on fake news: Facebook includes primary location authorization process in pages with large following

Social media giant Facebook, in a bid to increase difficulty for fake or compromised accounts, ordered authorization of accounts with large following in the U.S on Friday. The measures will direct the page managers to secure their account with two-factor authentication and confirm their primary home location.

“Today we’re introducing Page publishing authorization starting with people that manage a Page with a large audience in the US,” Facebook said.

People who manage these Pages will be required to complete an authorization process in order to continue to post, making it harder for people to administer a Page using a fake or compromised account, it stated.

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Facebook said people will see more details in the Info and Ads section of Pages after a new section is added to show the primary country locations where those Pages are managed from.

Facebook said the requirement will be enforced soon this month, which will be applied to other Facebook platforms such as Instagram in the next few weeks.

Earlier, Facebook announced that it eliminated 32 accounts for what the company described as “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” ahead of the mid-term US congressional elections in November, IANS reported.

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“This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook because we don’t want people or organisations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing,” Facebook said in a statement, Efe reported.

The social media giant eliminated eight Facebook pages and 17 profiles, as well as seven Instagram accounts. “In total, more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of these pages, the earliest of which was created in March 2017,” said Facebook.


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