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Facebook constructs a War Room ahead of mid-term elections

Facebook is constructing a so-called War Room in a bid to tackle fake news.

The social networking platform came under fire from various quarters in relation to the US election in 2016, when inaccurate or questionable news stories achieved widespread interest through the website.

In a bid to tackle the issue, Facebook is currently building a conference room ahead of the mid-term election.

Samidh Chakrabarti, who oversees elections and civic engagement, told the New York Times newspaper: "We see this as probably the biggest company-wide reorientation since our shift from desktops to mobile phones."

Meanwhile, Facebook is currently being accused of allowing employers to target job ads based on gender.

The allegation about the practice has been made by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has made a complaint to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Galen Sherwin, from the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, explained: "When employers in male-dominated fields advertise their jobs only to men, it prevents women from breaking into those fields.

"What's more, clicking on the Facebook ads brought viewers to a page listing numerous other job opportunities at these companies for which job seekers might be qualified.

"Because no women saw these ads, they were shut out of learning not only about the jobs highlighted in the ads, but also about any of these other opportunities."

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