Facebook’s war against one of the internet’s worst conspiracy sites
It’s been a year since Facebook deleted the page for Natural News for violating the company’s rules about spam. This was a big deal for Natural News, a conspiracy site that had attracted about nearly 3 million followers on its Facebook page. Then in May, Facebook took further action by banning the Natural News domain, so that any link to the site would be blocked, along with some pages that frequently shared its content. Still, Natural News content has found ways to stick around.
While much of the discussion this week is on Facebook’s lack of action in some domains, there are places where it has tried to combat misinformation. Here Rebecca Heilweil looks at the actions against Natural News, and how they haven’t totally stopped the conspiracy site’s influence on the platform.