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Facebook takes down fake ‘Native’ pages that posted fake news

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Facebook has taken down a slew of “Native American” pages that have been posting links to illegitimate news web sites, Media Matters reports. The social media giant took movement after Media Matters highlighted eight pages with names like “Native Americans Proud” and “Pawnee Native Americans.” The pages seem like linked to fake information sites operating in Kosovo, a disputed territory in Europe. But Media Matters has seeing that diagnosed 18 extra fake “Native” pages. These ones bear names like “Strong Native” and “Spirit of Natives” and publish hyperlinks to the equal illegitimate sites.

The pages have a tendency to post stereotypical and indistinct photos of Native and purported Native people. Despite the thin content, Media Matters determined that the mixed audience for the pages totals more than 3.Eight million. Facebook has come underneath hearth for permitting the dissemination of faux articles and the advent of faux money owed and faux activities on its platform. Some of the interest has been related to attempts through actors in Russia to sow division in the United States, WIRED pronounced.

Twitter has confronted the identical forms of criticism. The social media web page these days informed 1.Four million customers that they engaged with Russian propaganda during the 2016 election, Recode reported.

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