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Facebook cracks down on rule-breaking groups ahead of election

Facebook in Germany on Tuesday pledged to take action to crack down on groups that break the platform’s rules.

This includes limiting their scope on the site and imposing restrictions on individuals and communities.

The announcement is seen as offering assurances that harmful activity and the spread of disinformation in the forums would be quashed in the run-up to Germany’s national elections on September 26, although the election was not specifically mentioned.

“The more violations a group or member commits, the tighter our restrictions become until we completely remove the group or member from our platform,” Facebook said.

The announcement was made in a blog post on Facebook’s German website and is in line with promises the company has already made elsewhere.

Users who repeatedly violate a group’s policies may temporarily lose permission to post or comment in all groups.

In addition, the user will not be able to invite anyone into groups or create new groups.

If rule violations pile up in a group as a whole, there will also be consequences, the company said. (dpa / NAN)

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