>> This is an important moment.>> Facebook doesn't plan to just fight fake news, it's going to war with it. Starting next week, the company is setting up what it describes as a physical and digital war room to monitor misinformation ahead of major elections. Reuters correspondent, Joseph Menn.
>> This comes as the Brazilian presidential election, which is closely fought, is just weeks away. And the US midterms are coming in less than two months now. So this is a huge moment for Facebook. They are desperate eager to show everything that they're doing, that includes creation of a so called war room.
Where about 20 people out of many thousand that work in Facebook will deal with the worst of the worst crisis. Things that get passed their other mechanisms for detection and dealing with false information.>> But Facebook's mission to safeguard elections and the social media network's reputation goes beyond just a small team.
Facebook saying it's enlisted more than 300 people across the company in the effort. Over the summer Facebook announced it had taken down a network of pages used by a right wing group aimed at spreading misinformation.>> So we need to make sure that this never happens again.>> The new war room is Facebook's latest move to convince the world that it won't be caught off guard in future elections.
After acknowledging its role in spreading fake news during the 2016 race for the White House.>> When bad actors try to use our site, we will block them. When content violates our policies, we will take it down.>> The company also revealed this week that it had taken down more than a billion fake accounts between October 2017 and March of this year.