Following the incessant increase in fake news and hate speech and the role it played in the recent U.S. presidential election, Facebook, Google, Twitter, three of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies have declared their intention to address the problem.
According USA Today report that revealed that Twitter closed the accounts of several notable alt-right personalities. Google and Facebook have also said they will update their advertising policies to target misleading ads that direct people to fake news sites.
The news comes as the nation remains in shock over Donald Trump’s upset victory last week.
The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg over the weekend claimed that the amount of fake news on the platform remains tiny and could hardly have swayed the outcome. Still, the Trump campaign is now bragging about how Facebook’s platform helped them win the election.
Google was drawn into the fray this week when an obviously fake news site that incorrectly claimed Trump had won the popular vote shot to the top of search results.