Facebook has made a change following accusations the social media giant spread fake news that may have had an impact on the outcome of the American Presidential election.
According to a report published Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has banned sites that publish fake news stories from using its advertising network.
The fake news sites reportedly fall under the category of misleading, illegal or deceptive sites that are already banned, but the changes won’t address the fake news that appears in users’ news feeds.
That’s been the primary focus of criticism against the social network following the November 8th election, which saw Donald Trump voted in as the President-elect.
It remains unclear why Facebook couldn’t use similar technology to stamp out fake news on its news feed.
Facebook’s move, which is expected to impact the bottom line of many fake-news sites, was announced hours after Google made a similar change.
It plans to prevent Google ads from being placed “on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose” of the website.