Facebook Continues Fake News Fight


Facebook came under fire after the election of President Trump singled out as the main disseminator for fake news. Pic AP

Facebook has also rolled out a new feature in four countries (initially the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany and France) that will publish alternative news links beneath questionable articles.

And if any mistakes are made - like if a politically-charged story is wrongly flagged as a hoax, or if Facebook accidentally recommends fake news - Facebook can now more easily shift blame to a glitch or a third-party.

"Since starting this test, we've heard that Related Articles helps give people more perspectives and additional information, and helps them determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false", the company said in an updated blog post.

The company said it has created a software algorithm to point out possible suspicious stories and direct them to third-party fact checkers.

"These additional articles will appear for topics many people are talking about on Facebook, in a unit below the link".

"It might take a while to reach other locations, depending on how quickly Facebook can cut deals with local fact checkers worldwide", the report added.

The updated feature will also show stories used as part of the fact-checking process Facebook uses on some articles. So we're rolling this out more broadly.

After U.S. President Donald Trump's election, Facebook was criticized for allowing false information to go viral, potentially resulting in misinformed voters.

Social media giant Facebook is increasing its efforts to battle fake news by sending more suspected hoax stories to fact-checkers and publishing their findings online.

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