Facebook is following Google’s lead in trying to cut the profits companies make from publishing fake news. It has just banned fake news publishers from joining its advertising network, according to its policy on publisher conduct.
Fake news joins pornography and gambling among the things that Facebook prohibits in its Facebook Audience Network. The new policy states publishers are banned from the network if they show:
content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, or that promotes regulated goods, pornography, adult products or services, casual dating, violence, weapon sales, online real money games of chance or skill, work-at-home schemes, spy cameras, fake news or anything that falls within any other categories that are prohibited by the Facebook Community Standards, with the exception of apps or sites that display news editorials featuring the above content or if you have our prior written permission.