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Ramiro Mantilla | 08 May, 2017, 12:44

Ahead of the June 8 parliamentary election in the United Kingdom, it urged its users in the country to be sceptical of headlines that look unbelievable and to check other sources before sharing news that may not be credible.

Facebook has revealed its plans to stop the flow of "fake news" during the upcoming United Kingdom general election, by removing "tens of thousands" of fake profiles and running ads in some of the UK's major newspapers.

The website began to test incorporating th signal into ranking, specifically for articles which people read but are less likely to share it.

Furthermore, Facebook has also removed tens of thousands of fake accounts and has made improvements to its system to recognise these types of accounts by identifying patterns of activity. "We're now expanding the test to the United Kingdom".

'We can't solve this problem alone so we are supporting third party fact checkers during the election in their work with news organisations, so they can independently assess facts and stories'.

Mr Milner said Facebook was working with fact-checking organisations to analyse content around the General Election.

Facebook says it is committed to assisting civic engagement and electoral participation, and that it helped two million people register to vote in the U.S. presidential elections.

Facebook said machine-learning helped it identify and take down over 30,000 fake accounts in France as of 13 April.

The site has said it is committed to an approach that disrupts the economic incentives around fake news and builds tools that "help people make more informed decisions".

The far-right group, Britain First, has told Panorama how it paid Facebook to repeatedly promote its videos.

Britons will go to the polls on 8 June after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election last month. Collins said the dissemination of fake news on Facebook, which has over 31 million accounts registered in Britain, could threaten "integrity of democracy". "The danger is, if for many people the main source of news is Facebook and if the news they get on Facebook is mostly fake news, they could be voting based on lies".