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Facebook starts adding labels to 'state-controlled media' and will ban them from running ads in the US ahead of the 2020 election (FB)

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  • Facebook said Thursday that it has started adding labels to state-run media outlets.
  • The labels, which the company originally announced last October, will be applied to outlets "wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government."
  • Facebook also said it plans to ban these publishers from running ads in the US starting later this summer in an attempt to prevent foreign meddling in the 2020 elections.
  • Facebook's policies surrounding misinformation and political ads have come under intense scrutiny in recent months from critics who say the platform isn't doing enough to curb the spread of election-related propaganda.
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Facebook has started to apply labels to state-run media outlets — news publishers it deems "wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government" — the company said in a blog post Thursday.
"We believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government," the company said, "because they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state."See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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