Internet companies are scrambling to fight misinformation ahead of next month’s general election in the United Kingdom, but bogus online claims and misleading political ads remain a threat thanks to government inaction
Facebook has been criticized for its policy of not fact checking or removing false political ads, but the company insists it’s taking other steps to safeguard Britain’s election. They include the creation of an operations center to quickly identify online election hoaxes.
Despite those efforts, Britain remains vulnerable because government officials have yet to act on recommendations for preventing the spread of misleading political ads and content.
Misinformation played a significant role in Britain’s 2016 Brexit vote as well as in the U.S. election in 2016.
Associated Press writer Amanda Seitz contributed to this report from Chicago. Klepper reported from Providence, Rhode Island.