Facebook launches tool to help users spot false news
However, other signals which will affect the ranking of articles in the news feed, such as whether a someone is less likely to share a story after they have read it, could affect legitimate publishers including established newspapers, as well as controversial digital outlets such as rightwing USA site Breitbart. Clicking on it takes you to tips and other information on how to spot false news and what to do about it. On Thursday, the social media company said it is launching a new educational tool to take on inaccurate information.
The education tool will be available for a "few days" in 15 countries including Canada, in both English and French.
It also brings users to the Facebook Help Center and gives tips on how to check for false news, such as looking at the URL of specific sites and investigating the source of the content. It's also provided a special option for flagging false news stories, down-ranked suspicious stories, began detecting and blocking false news spammers, denied false news publishers the ability to buy Facebook ads and funded the $14 million News Integrity Initiative.
In a blog post Facebook's Adam Mosseri, the vice president of News Feed, said Facebook is concentrating on three areas around the issue. The headlines of fake news stories are often catchy, and contain lots of capital letters and exclamation marks.
Facebook said it had worked with news literacy and fact-checking organisations, including Full Fact in the United Kingdom, to create the new guidance.
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Look closely at the URL. "False news and hoaxes are harmful to our community and make the world less informed".
Users are also told they can report a story they believe is false to Facebook.
Johnson said recent research and some focus groups have suggested that's true of adults as well and points to a need for Canadians to be skeptical of what they read online and to double-check information before sharing it widely with others.
Facebook is initially targeting users in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Myanmar, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, and Canada. I don't think even Facebook would say this is the answer.
"We have very much approached this as "tests", said Chan. Our goal is to show people the content they will find most meaningful, and people want accurate news.
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