Today, Facebook Inc, said that it would stop electoral advertisements that are purchased outside of Australia from being displayed there before a national election that is scheduled in May.
The move comes along with other measures to fight the misinformation that comes with the firm and some other social media companies across the globe, under pressure to clear their platforms of nefarious political meddling and fake news.
In a statement, the Director of Policy for Australia and New Zealand of Facebook, Mia Garlick, stated: “Combating foreign interference is a key pillar of our approach to safeguarding elections on our platform,”
She continued: “We’re temporarily not allowing electoral ads purchased from outside Australia ahead of the election in May.” She added that it would include content mentioning politicians, political parties, logos, and slogans.
Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook have been facing regulatory and political scrutiny in Australia and across the globe as lawmakers wrestle with the massive and growing influence of the powerful online platforms in the life of the public.
Controlling content has become a huge global problem with no template for consistently stopping fake news online or eliminating it.
Fierce internet disinformation struggles have gripped nations, such as Malaysia and Brazil in 2018 ahead of their elections.
Authorities in the European Union and Indonesia, which are scheduled to hold polls, have released warning regarding the threat of fake news, while in India, Facebook has entered a partnership with fact checkers and, like Twitter, ramped up its efforts to block fake accounts.
Facebook said it would be launching a fact-checking service in Australia in partnership with Agence France-Presse, a news agency, and that it would be taking down fake accounts and reducing the prominence of sensational stories in its newsfeeds.
Last week, the firm banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism amidst the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand that was live-streamed last March.