Facebook notified government of Trudeau story deemed 'false' - 2019-10-18
Facebook reached out to a government office involved with assessing threats to the integrity of the election to notify it of a fabricated news story being shared on the site and tell the office how it responded.
Baseless stories about Canadian politics from the Buffalo Chronicle — a website that's become well known in Canadian media and political circles for publishing unsubstantiated and untrue news stories — have been shared more than 40,000 times on Facebook during the federal election, the social media monitoring site CrowdTangle shows.
The site's favourite Canadian target for false reporting seems to be Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. He was at the centre of a fake story the Buffalo Chronicle published on Oct. 7, which caught Facebook's attention after it was shared by thousands on the site. While Facebook's rules do not prevent users from posting false information or fake news stories, the site responds to widely circulated hoaxes by having its fact-checking partner, Agence France-Presse (AFP) respond with an article invalidating the false article or post that's gone viral. After stories are fact-checked by AFP, Facebook links the disclaimer to the disproven stories and notifies users who have already shared the original story that it's been fact-checked.