Facebook Helps Solve FAKE NEWS Problem

March 06, 2017Mar 06, 2017

‘Fake news’ has been a hot topic lately with President Trump calling out certain mainstream media outlets, such as CNN and the New York Times, for reporting false information.

Late last year, Facebook made a promise to help their social media users identify real news from fake news.

Facebook’s promise has been fulfilled. They have begun ‘flagging’ articles believed to be from a fake news source with assistance from fact checkers including ABC News, Politifact and Snopes.

Articles containing false information will be detected by user reporting and/or Facebook algorithms.

If an article is classified as ‘fake news’, two things will happen:

1. It will be flagged with a ‘disputed’ marking and a link to fact checkers as to why the article was classified that way.

2. Facebook blocks paid promotion of the article.

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