Facebook takes action to stifle the spread of fake news


Facebook has came up with a concrete plan that will aim to reduce the spread of fabricated news on its network. This course of action comes as a result of last month's scandal, in which the social media giant was criticized for becoming an involuntary platform for fake news to spread. This was hardly the first time in which suspicious content became viral via Facebook, however, some of the stories were about the U.S. presidential elections and caused an outrage as part of the community argued that they influenced the outcome of the event.

Adam Mosseri, VP of Facebook's News Feed division, issued a lengthy statement on the company's blog regarding the new changes. Some of it reads:


With these words in mind, the corporation is going to introduce a new option to its reporting section that will allow users to flag a news story as fake. Such stories will then be sent out to news organizations who have all signed Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles and have partnered up with Facebook in order to act as fact checkers.

All stories that are proven to be fake after such an investigation will be flagged with a new “Disputed” status. Such posts will be accompanied by a big red flag notification below them that will read “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers”. As the main reason behind such content is financial gains, flagged articles will appear lower in the news feed and will no longer have the option to be featured as an add or as promoted.


source: Facebook via BBC

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6 Comments

1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Step 1: Shut down Facebook. Step 2: profit

2. azusa

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

Impossible..cause there are still many idiots who use facebook believe those fake news

3. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Why not let the person decide whats fake and whats not instead of a big company that has bias

4. willard12 unregistered

When a person decides what news is real and what is fake on their own, they have a habit of conducting armed hold-ups of pizza restaurants they falsely believe is abusing children. Their propensity to believe in any conspiracy theory that supports their world-view or deny any proven, scientifically-backed claim because it opposes their way of thinking has a direct, negative impact on normal society. In other words, people are stupid. And that is a fact.

5. LiveFaith

Posts: 458; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Please save us from ourselves Corporate America Almighty. We are hopeless and helpless without Thee and your divine providence!

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 458; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

ABC News! Washington Post! ... wait for it ... Snopes.com!!! The new beacons of TRUTH and the guiding light of Fakebook censorship! This has to be one of the greatest ironies of my lifetime. Wow!!!

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