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Facebook To Begin Fact-Checking Misleading Avatars

MENLO PARK, CA—Facebook announced today the social network will now be displaying a fact-check notice atop avatars that are an inaccurate portrayal of the user.

Facebook noticed a plague of false and misleading avatars across the network as soon as the feature was introduced. Now, if the social network detects that a person looks significantly different from their avatar, a courtesy notice will appear onscreen letting other people know of the violation.

"We have to be careful that our platform doesn't get used to share fake avatars," said Mark Zuckerberg. "We noticed lots of people that are, shall we say, pleasantly plump choosing the thin body type. There are also quite a few people with more homely features that are designing the hottest avatar possible. It's a real problem, but rest assured we are dealing with it."

Congress has threatened to hold hearings if Zuckerberg does not get this under control, with many Democrats blaming Russia for the spread of fake avatars.

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