Inside Facebook’s race to separate news from junk


Judy Woodruff:

Facebook is under pressure to crack down on false news, fake accounts and inflammatory content that can be manipulated to influence the public.

This week, the social media giant announced that it deleted 865 million posts in the first three months of this year. Most of it was spam. The company also quickly disabled more than a half-a-billion fake accounts.

But that isn’t everything.

Tonight, we take a look at how Facebook tries to tackle the content it won’t delete.

Miles O’Brien has been examining the problem of junk news and Facebook.

For the record, the “NewsHour” has partnered with Facebook on projects in the past.

This is the last report in a special series. It’s part of our weekly look at the Leading Edge of science and technology.



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