Facebook cracking down on spammy websites in your News Feed

Facebook is doing some spring cleaning — of your News Feed.

The social network on Wednesday announced a crackdown on links to low-quality websites, saying it knows that people don’t really want to be led to sites with deceptive or annoying ads.

“Similar to the work we’re already doing to stop misinformation, this update will help reduce the economic incentives of financially-motivated spammers,” the company said in a blog post.

Facebook, which at first dismissed the notion that fake news affected the U.S. presidential election, has since rolled out initiatives to fight the content that fits into that category from. They include fact-checking tools and warning labels.

This effort to fight spam-filled websites comes after Facebook says it reviewed hundreds of thousands of websites “linked to from Facebook to identify those that contain little substantive content and have a large number of disruptive, shocking or malicious ads.” The company said it then used artificial intelligence to find similar sites. Links to those sites “may show up lower in people’s feeds and may not be eligible to be an ad,” the company said.

The changes will roll out over the next few months, Facebook said.


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