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Facebook will block the adverts on State media

Facebook will ban the advertisements posted by the media controlled financially and éditorialement by a State on its u.s. platforms, in order to protect the elections of 2020 the United States interference in foreign.

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The giant social network announced Thursday in a press release that this type of ads would be blocked from this summer, with "an abundance of caution", and even if the State-run media "rarely do advertising in the United States". Last October, Facebook had introduced a battery of measures to better protect the integrity of the elections, the approach of the us presidential election in November next. Now, the content from state media, and the media themselves, will be marked ("tagged") as such.

"We have evidence of increased transparency on these editors, because they combine the influence of a news organisation with the strategic support of a State, and we believe that people should know if the information they are reading comes from a publication that may be under the influence of a government," explains Nathaniel Gleicher, director, regulations on cybersecurity at Facebook.

Manipulation of the elections of 2016

After the handling operations during the elections of 2016, mainly orchestrated from Russia, the networks have responded with an arsenal of measures deployed gradually from 2018 to combat fake accounts and misinformation, including widespread by foreign entities.

the decision of The day, to ban these ads, must allow "to add a layer of protection against the various types of foreign influence in the public debate." In the autumn, Twitter has decided to ban all advertisements of a political nature.

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