Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios.

Several new studies have been published that explore how fake news has actually decreased on Facebook users’ feeds since the 2016 presidential election.

Why it matters: Axios’ Sara Fischer explains that Facebook is making sure everyone knows that academics are finding that the company's fake news fight is working. But these studies address the main Facebook app, not Instagram and its messaging platforms, where the problem is also prevalent and deepening. 

  • A Stanford University study finds that from 2015-17, Facebook interactions with 570 false news sites declined by more than half after the 2016 election, suggesting that "efforts by Facebook following the 2016 election to limit the diffusion of misinformation may have had a meaningful impact."
  • Another study from the University of Michigan says that Facebook has 50% less “iffy” or questionable content than Twitter.
  • In France, Facebook engagement with “unreliable or dubious sites” has halved since 2015, per Decoders of French newspaper Le Monde.

Between the lines: Facebook has put out handfuls of press releases regarding fake news, displaying a more concentrated approach of how they are tackling the issue.

  • "We’re learning from academics, scaling our partnerships with third-party fact-checkers and talking to other bodies like civil society organizations and journalists about how we can work together," said Facebook in a press release Friday.
  • Facebook was not affiliated financially with any of the studies and did not provide data for any of the research.

Go deeper:

Go deeper

Updated 14 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 19,936,547 — Total deaths: 732,467 — Total recoveries — 12,144,510Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 5,063,770 — Total deaths: 163,156 — Total recoveries: 1,656,864 — Total tests: 61,792,571Map.
  3. Business: Richer Americans are more comfortable eating out.
  4. Public health: How America can do smarter testing.
  5. Sports: The cost of kids losing gym class — College football is on the brink.
  6. World: Europe's CDC recommends new restrictions amid "true resurgence in cases."

Trump says he'll accept nomination at White House or Gettysburg

Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Monday that he'll deliver his speech accepting the Republican nomination for president at either the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania or at the White House.

The state of play: Republican National Convention planners are looking for a new venue for the president to deliver his acceptance speech after convention events were canceled in Jacksonville, Fla., due to coronavirus concerns.

3 hours ago - World

Lebanon's prime minister resigns in wake of deadly explosion

Protests in Beirut. Photo: Maxim Grigoryev/TASS via Getty

Lebanon's prime minister and cabinet have resigned amid massive protests in the aftermath of a deadly explosion in Beirut that killed more than 160 people, injured 6,000 and left roughly 250,000 homeless.

Why it matters: Protesters blame the incompetence of the ruling elite — widely viewed as corrupt — for the disaster. The unstable and deeply distrusted government will remain in place in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is selected.