The Associated Press is warning that “fake news” is spreading across Facebook in a “disconcerting” way, especially on social media.
“Fake news” on Facebook has been around for years, but this is the first time Facebook has publicly flagged it as a problem.
Facebook has more than 50 million users.
“The proliferation of fake news on Facebook could make it difficult for people to engage with important discussions, such as elections, if they have no idea what to believe,” Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We are taking this seriously and will be monitoring the spread of fake stories on Facebook in an effort to prevent misinformation.”
Facebook has not responded to a request for comment on the news.
The company has come under scrutiny for years for censoring conservative, pro-Trump and anti-establishment media outlets, but it’s not clear how its efforts will change with the election looming.
It has been criticized for a “troll farm” that allows users to post fake news and “likes” in order to boost the social network’s popularity.
Facebook also faces criticism for how it deals with trolls, which have been seen as a threat to the platform’s social-media dominance.