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Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Yurii Stets appealed to Facebook on Jan. 26 to develop a verification mechanism to filter out fake news.

“In connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, we are concerned about the threats facing freedom of speech and democracy in the form of the dissemination of false and unconfirmed news about the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the conduct of the anti-terrorist operation in the east of Ukraine,” the minister wrote in a letter to Facebook.

Facebook faced criticism for allowing hoaxes and fake news to circulate on the social network – material that some have said influenced the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.

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