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The decision comes after Facebook received heated criticism for its role in spreading a deluge of political misinformation during the US presidential election, like one story that falsely said the Pope had endorsed Donald Trump.

"We've focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations," Facebook News Feed chief Adam Mosseri said in a company blog post on Thursday.

A team of Facebook researchers will also review website domains and send sites that appear to be fake or spoofed (like "washingtonpost.co") to third-party fact-checkers, a Facebook representative said.

The website's membership was only for Harvard students at first.

“We want to help 1 billion people join meaningful communities.

The name of the service comes from the name for the book given to students at the start of the school year by some universities in the United States.

These books help students get to know each other better.

The evolution of Facebook’s mission statement is a milestone in its transformation.