By John Gourley, BBC NewsChannel 3/15 17:35 A report into the false news stories on Facebook and Twitter has said the internet is “not a safe space” and that “a lot of things” should be done to ensure it is.
The report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into the spread of fake news on social media is expected to be published on Thursday.
The ICO said it was “not sure if this report will have a significant impact on how Facebook and other platforms operate”.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to see a “more transparent and democratic approach to how information is spread”.
The ICO report into fake news said the web was “a dangerous place” and criticised the way people reported stories.
It found that more than 10 million people reported fake news each day on Facebook, and more than 20 million reported fake stories each day from Twitter.
Facebook said it had made progress in the last year in tackling the issue.
“We’ve seen a real reduction in fake news,” Mr Zuckerberg said.
“Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen more and more people report real news and fewer and fewer are spreading misinformation.”
We need to see more people reporting real news, and we need a system that is more transparent and accountable.” “
But we need to do more.
We need to see more people reporting real news, and we need a system that is more transparent and accountable.”
He said he had “no plans to resign”, saying he had been “a great friend to the people of Australia” and “an outstanding leader”.
Mr Zuckerberg added: The internet is a dangerous place.
There are a lot of people out there who want to spread lies, and it’s not a safe place for them to do that.
But there are tools that we’ve been working on to help prevent it from happening.
“And we will continue to invest in tools to help make sure that we can make sure people report fake news and that people have a better understanding of what’s happening in the world.”
In a statement Facebook said the report was “an important piece of evidence that will help us improve our approach to the problem of misinformation, which we believe is a serious problem”.
Facebook has been criticised for its lax rules for reporting fake news, which allow content to be posted without a verified source and that have been used to spread misinformation and hoaxes on social platforms.
A report last year from a parliamentary committee found the site was failing to tackle fake news properly and lacked a clear process for verifying news.
Facebook’s Chief Information Officer Michael Anton told the committee that Facebook had taken a number “bold and bold” actions to combat the spread in the past year, including implementing new tools that would help detect fake news.
The Facebook Newsroom is a service that helps users report fake stories.
A Facebook spokesperson said: “Fake news is harmful, and people should report it.
This report is the first step in an ongoing process to ensure that we’re taking our reporting of fake stories seriously, and to help our users better understand what’s going on.”
Facebook has also said it has taken action against “fake news organisations” and has banned more than 60 accounts in the two years to June.
It said the investigation had been conducted by Facebook employees, but it had not identified any individuals.
The company also said that it had “done a lot” in the year since the ICO report to try to improve its reporting process.
The new ICO report is part of the wider review of fake content on the internet by the Information Commission, which was set up in 2014 by the former Labour government to help tackle misinformation.
It has previously investigated the spread on Twitter and Facebook of stories alleging that US President Donald Trump was under investigation for alleged financial crimes.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said in September it was investigating a series of accounts and social media platforms linked to the spread and sharing of false news reports.
The agency said it could not yet identify the sources of the fake content, but that it was working to identify the people behind the hoaxes.
The investigation into fake content was led by the ICO.