Facebook, fake news, how to spot fake news, Help center
[Representational Image] Facebook posts fake news ads on print media in UK ahead of general election 2017 In Picture: The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, February 1, 2017.REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

After Google, Facebook has stepped up to combat fake news on its social media platform by posting ads on UK newspapers.

Ever since the emergence of fake news epidemic on the internet during the 2016 US elections, top social media giants Google and Facebook promised to take action to curb the circulation of fake news.

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Earlier in the month, Google announced structural changes to identify unreliable news content in search engine, and also added options to allow users to report them to the company. Facebook too, took similar steps against misinformation, and now it has gone a step further in the UK, which happens to witness general elections (on 8th June, 2017), first time after exiting from the European Union.

As per BBC Panorama investigation, it has come to light that uncontrolled circulation of fake news not only impacted the US 2016 presidential elections, but also the Britain's EU Referendum.

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After Google, Facebook steps up to combat fake news ahead of UK 2017 general electionFacebook Help Center on how to spot Fake News (screen-shot)

Under pressure, Facebook has bought spaces on most of the UK's prominent dailies for ads to enlighten users on how to spot fake news on its social media sites and also how to report to Facebook upon finding the false information.

Facebook as even published similar tutorial on its Help Center on how to differentiate between genuine and fake news.

Do you think Facebook's new initiative will be effective enough to curb circulation of misinformation on House of Commons' MP aspirants? Let us know your thoughts on the comments section below.