Facebook and Google are facing criticism for allowing their platforms to become “hotbeds” for fake news.
A recent report from The Atlantic found that more than one-third of fake news stories on Facebook and its other platforms were posted by people with connections to Russian actors.
The report was based on the data from Facebook’s platform.
“This is not something we’re proud of, but it’s the reality,” said Facebook’s VP of global policy and strategy, David Marcus, in a statement to The Verge.
“We are going to work harder and better to make sure that the platform we’re building works for our users.”
In its statement, Facebook said it was “investigating the claims in the report and will take action to protect users.”
The report came after Facebook announced that it would be rolling out a new algorithm that would be used to flag stories that “do not meet our standards for integrity, accuracy, or completeness.”
The company has also announced it would take down “fake news” accounts if they are “likely to spread harmful content.”
Facebook’s move comes after the company came under fire in February for suspending accounts of several Russian government officials after they were accused of meddling in the U.S. election.
The report, which found that Facebook’s content is the “most trafficked” on Twitter and that “a third of all social media users” use the platform, prompted a response from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“The world is changing.
It’s changing faster than ever,” he said in a speech at the University of Michigan.
“We must adapt to this rapidly changing environment.”
In response to the Atlantic’s findings, Marcus said Facebook would be “making changes that will make our platform better for everyone, including our users and partners.”
He also said that Facebook had removed some “misleading content” on its platform, and would “continue to review content and remove content that does not meet the standards we set for our platform.”