Facebook is rolling out a new update to fight fake news. This process came into action after the US US presidential election results. People believe viral hoaxes contributed to Donald Trump’s victory.
Facebook is introducing a new tool, which will make it easier to report links shared in the News Feed as fake news. Also, they will work with four independent fact-checking organizations to assess the accuracy of viral stories.
These are just some of the first steps Facebook is taking to improve the experience for people. This will start as a test with few users in the United States. Facebook will make it easier to report news stories that are fake or misleading.
“We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations. If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed. There will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”
Once fact checkers have confirmed that the story is fake, Facebook will mark it as disputed. Also, Facebook will demote such stories in the News Feed.
So, if a user decides to share the link anyway, a pop-up dialog will warn them about disputed content. Users can still tap “continue” and share the article if they want to. But disputed articles will not be eligible to promote stories using Facebook’s advertising tools.
Also, a Facebook researcher’s team will review website domain (like “washingtonpost.co”). They will send such sites to third-party fact checkers.
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