On Wednesday, Facebook announced that the company will label posts from popular accounts with their geographic origin in an attempt to curb political misinformation by foreign-based pages that mimic legitimate groups and political parties.

The new policy will apply to popular pages about elections, entertainment, and other topics and will stamp every post they make on Instagram and Facebook with its origin.

It’s the social network’s latest attempt to fight election-related misinformation. Russia and other countries have been using social media to try to influence political discourse in the US and elsewhere, often by masquerading as local interest groups.

The company will originally target pages based outside of the US that reach a large number of people inside the US The labels, the company says, will help people “gauge the reliability and authenticity” of what they see.

While the labels add a new layer of information and one user won’t have to click to find it’s unlikely to help with more insidious efforts to influence the November presidential election and sow political discord in the US.

For example, last fall, Facebook removed dozens of accounts and pages that purported to be Americans focused on US politics, but which actually originated in Russia and Iran.

This March, both Facebook, and Twitter announced takedowns of sophisticated foreign operations showing that showed Russian trolls outsourcing election interference efforts to countries in West Africa.

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-networking/news/facebook-to-label-national-origin-of-popular-posts-in-the-us-2216807

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