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Facebook introduces measures to tackle fake news in Germany

Facebook is introducing measures to tackle the spread of fake news in Germany, months before the country holds a national election.

The social network said the investigative media group Correctiv will be its first outside fact-checker in Germany and it is working to bring aboard other media organisations.

It said updates to make it easier to report fake news will be introduced shortly in Germany.

Facebook last month launched plans to focus on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partner with outside fact-checkers and news organisations to sort out true news reports from made-up stories.

Germany is expected to hold a national election in September.

Facebook has also faced criticism in Germany for what critics call an insufficient response to hate speech.

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