As British voters prepare to head to the polls in six weeks, a member of Parliament is calling for Facebook to tacklethat could influence the election.
Conservative MP Damian Collins, chairman of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee, said Facebook should act faster to remove or label fabricated stories shared by users.
Speaking to the Guardian on Wednesday, Collins warned that people who get their news from Facebook "could be voting based on lies."
Facebook is working with journalists to. "Improving news literacy is a global priority," a Facebook spokesperson told CNET on Wednesday. "False news runs counter to our mission to connect people with the stories that they find meaningful. This is an evolving challenge and we understand that we need to do our part to help people understand how to make decisions about which sources to trust."
Fake news continues concern governments, companies and citizens worldwide. In Germany, the government plans tolike Facebook and Twitter if they don't deal with inaccurate news and hate speech. Google, meanwhile, is to prioritise news from legitimate sources over inaccurate or offensive material.
The general election, called last week by Prime Minister Theresa May, will take place on 8 June.