Facebook takes action to stifle the spread of fake news
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.