Facebook added changes to its systems that they say will make it harder for fake news to be spread. The new "tools" enable them to "eliminate" fake accounts. The social media giant said it will incorporate patterns of activity - including posting the same content or a higher volume of messages than normal - in an effort to stop fake accounts from being accounted.
Of course, this move comes dangerously close to not allowing legitimate Facebook users from sharing their thoughts and links on the many groups and pages they may actually be members of, or even administrators or monitors of.
Additionally, they recently disseminated "helpful hints" on how to recognize "fake news" (which in and of themselves were actually common sense) and installed a feature that would let someone report a post as "fake news."
Both of these avenues present a great danger to free speech. If one has a legitimate news story that they believe is important and they want to share it to the 30 groups they belong to, who is Facebook to label that posting "fake news"? It would be up to the administrator of that group or page to warn/remove the offender and or the offending post. Facebook is inserting itself in a process in a very "Big Brotherish" way.
Additionally, one disruptive ideologue activist could wreck havoc on legitimate small business news organizations by falsely claiming posts are "fake news" and reporting them as such. After the Obama Administration and the rise of the Progressive Left to dominance, this idea is not too far fetched.
Facebook's new policies come dangerously close to censorship, especially given the government's embrace of social media. They best rethink this move before some sharp attorney goes after them for violation of constitutional rights to free speech.