Facebook Will Start Labeling State-Controlled Media Outlets

Social network will also block ads from these publishers in the U.S.

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Facebook will start rolling out labels for state-controlled media outlets ahead of this year’s U.S. elections, an initiative the company first announced in October.

“We’re providing greater transparency into these publishers because they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state, and we believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, wrote in a blog post.

Media outlets that are “wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government” will be labeled as such. 

Facebook will also start labeling ads from state-controlled media outlets.

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