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Facebook in new drive to tackle issue of fake news

By Martyn Landi

Facebook is to print adverts containing tips on how to spot fake news, the social network has said.

The ads will appear in national newspapers from today and advise users to "be sceptical of headlines" and check other new reports before believing a story.

The social media giant has been heavily criticised for its handling of fake news, with MPs among those warning the site must do more.

Facebook claims it has already removed "thousands" of fake accounts in the UK following a new drive to shut down such content.

However, a recent Press Association investigation found fake news stories linked to Lord Sugar and Professor Stephen Hawking still appeared on the site.

Facebook director of policy Simon Milner said: "People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news.

"We have developed new ways to identify and remove fake accounts that might be spreading false news so that we get to the root of the problem."

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