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Silicon Valley firms tarnished by Brexit fight misinformation before UK vote
Boris Johnson: Brexit delay is bad for the country
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson argues a Brexit deal can release a pent-up flood of investment.
LONDON — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube.
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Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead-up to next month's general election in the United Kingdom. But digital misinformation experts believe British voters remain vulnerable to the same type of misleading ads and phony claims that played a role in the vote to leave the European Union three years ago.
Government inaction on online misinformation and digital ad regulations have added to the pressure internet companies are under as they face growing criticism for amplifying false claims during the run-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2016 election in the U.S.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed for the snap Dec. 12 election, in which voters will choose their representatives in Parliament, hoping his Conservative Party will gain enough seats to break a stalemate over his plan to take Britain out of the EU.
And with campaigns barely underway, falsehoods are already spreading online.
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