Facebook Verified News Sources

Facebook Verified News Sources

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John Seidcheck started this petition to Facebook

During the 2016 presidential election, Facebook and other social media experienced an influx of disinformation which was in turn disseminated to a large fraction of its user base. This disinformation spread "fake news" to many, which impacted voter turnout and was especially influential on those voters which were undecided at that time. Twitter has implemented a "verified account" service, which does a more detailed vetting on who is behind a particular handle.

Mr. Zuckerberg, we know Facebook has recently added the checkmark icon to accounts which they have confirmed to be legitimate, however, I believe you should put an icon (perhaps a red X) next to unconfirmed media accounts, to remind users that the information or posts appearing on their feeds may not be from verified and trusted sources. Having this icon appear by default will incentive all media outlets to undergo your account verification process. With more elections coming in 2020, it is more important than ever to display from where your posts are originating. Please use your platform to prevent another disinformation campaign from taking place. 

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