No More 'Fake News' on Facebook as Company Launches New Feature

by Edgar Hayes April 7, 2017, 1:55
No More 'Fake News' on Facebook as Company Launches New Feature

While Facebook has experimented with a system of warnings that alerts users to questionable stories, as well as seeking to cut off advertising to sites that trade in fake news, Facebook's Adam Mosseri said it wanted to "help people make informed decisions".

The new tool is also available in French, German and Italian (pictured below). "These spammers make money by masquerading as legitimate news publishers, and posting hoaxes that get people to visit their sites, which are often mostly ads".

Facebook also said it is working on "disrupting economic incentives" around the spread of fake news.

It has worked in collaboration with a non-profit called First Draft to improve its skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information online.

The Silicon Valley company, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, will from Friday introduce a new "educational tool against misinformation" in 14 countries - not including Ireland - when they open the Facebook app.

Take a look at the source and the URL, as sometimes you can spot fake news on Facebook with sources that are unfamiliar to you because they exist simply to manipulate your view on something.

Inspect the dates. False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.

Both Facebook and Full Fact have produced guides to spotting fake news online.

Check the evidence. Check the author's sources to confirm that they are accurate.

Users are also told they can report a story they believe is false to Facebook.

Among the ten "tips", users are asked to consider whether the story might be a joke. This educational tool will help people spot fake news. "Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may just be for fun", the social network advises. And that has allowed Facebook time to think more carefully about how it can tackle the issue in Canada, he said.

Facebook said it had worked with news literacy and fact-checking organisations, including Full Fact in the United Kingdom, to create the new guidance.

"We have very much approached this as "tests", said Chan. And once they are identified, Facebook is trying to dry up the "economic incentives" of false news sites by making it hard for them to buy ads on Facebook.

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