Facebook Begins Flagging Fake News

Facebook Begins Flagging Fake News

Facebook Begins Flagging Fake News

The flagging system applies only to individual stories.

The issue of fake news being distributed on Facebook gained prominence during last year's USA election.

As promised, Facebook rolled out a new feature on Friday that helps users identify "fake news" so that they, and their friends, can avoid it. Facebook and Google announced in February that they would be working on a way to curb fake news after they were criticized for failing to flag it during the USA election.

"Of course, when you feel disempowered, you want to strike back with everything you got, and you feel like the whole world is against you", Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes, a fact-checking website that has debunked numerous false stories circulating around the internet, told The Christian Science Monitor in February.

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Facebook has finally taken steps to prevent the next Pizzagate from happening. The story will then be sent on to Politifact and Snopes who will investigate and determine whether the story is incorrect. If you think a story is fake, click on the post options icon in the upper right corner of the post.

Facebook has rolled out a new feature that will flag fake news articles that are being circulated in the social network. The initiative will see news stories that are suspected of being false by organizations involved in so-called "fact-checking" being tagged as "disputed".

A fake news article published by the satirical website The Seattle Tribune was reported on February 26th but was not flagged as disputed by Snopes until March 2nd. Likely there will be claims of censorship or, indeed, fake news about fake news. In November, a source told Gizmodo that the social network's fight against fake news before the election was undercut by a "fear about upsetting conservatives". The fact-checkers must agree to be nonpartisan and to be transparent about their sources of funding as well as information sources. Calling something "disputed" isn't the same as calling something "fake". First announced amid criticism of the company for its role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 election, the new feature uses non-partisan third parties to assess the factual accuracy of stories reported as fake by users.

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