Google and Facebook have announced measures aimed at halting the spread of “fake news” on the Internet, according to a report by Reuters.


Google will target advertising on fake news sites in a bid to stop the flow of money to their owners.

Google is working on a policy change that will prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network.

Facebook joined the movement by updating its advertising policies to state that its ban on deceptive and misleading content applies to fake news.

Facebook previously stated that while fake news is a problem on its platform, over 99% of what people see is authentic.

It warned that users also report articles they disagree with as fake, despite the fact the content in question is genuine.