Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”

Since the aftermath of the 2016 election, Facebook has invested millions of dollars in an effort to shore up the platform against future attacks. Late Wednesday night, Mark Zuckerberg published a 3,300-word progress report on how the company has been doing.

The report contained little in the way of news. The steps that Zuckerberg outlined have been announced publicly every step of the way. They include:

  • Removing fake accounts.
  • Removing posts that use hoaxes to incite violence.
  • Preventing publishers of hoaxes from selling ads against their content.
  • Forming partnerships with nonpartisan fact checkers to rate disputed posts.
  • Requiring advertisers to verify their identities and allowing the public to see relevant information about all ad…

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