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Facebook combats fake news with new warning label

Facebook combats fake news with new warning label

When a story is flagged by users, Facebook says that independent fact-checking organizations look into it and decide whether the Disputed tag should be applied.

The tag was originally announced in December, but its gaining traction in the United States as Facebook continues to roll it out. Now, the "disputed" tag users will at least have a warning not to take these articles seriously and counter check the information that has been provided in them.

Those organizations will be signatories to a "Fact-checkers' Code of Principles" maintained by the journalism nonprofit Poynter Institute.

Hopefully Facebook will be able to further improve its flagging system in the near future so that it will have a bigger impact on the prevention of fake news in the social network.

The new labels appear under the suspected fake news, with a red exclamation point in a white triangle.

Facebook has fallen several times down this rabbit hole, due to a lack of authoritarian check of what is being passed off as news, as it tries to promote user freedom.

The Facebook tool will cite stories and not entire websites as violators as they are flagged individually by users.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was initially dismissive of such accusations, and said it was "pretty crazy" to suggest that fake news on Facebook could have swayed the election results.

Facebook has finally taken steps to prevent the next Pizzagate from happening. If you think a story is fake, click on the post options icon in the upper right corner of the post.

Concerns about fake news and its unfettered spread across social media platforms began to dog Facebook after the 2016 election.

He noted that the company is trying to focus on surfacing more information from fact checkers rather than pulling down fake content.

The Poynter Code was launched on September 15, 2016, and includes broad stroke commitments to values such as transparency and nonpartisanship.

In the near future, more updates will make reporting hoaxes easier, watch for trends in fake news articles and block financial incentives for spammers.


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