Facebook Launches New Tool to Battle Fake News

Facebook Launches New Tool to Battle Fake News

This includes tips on how to spot fabricated stories, such as probing the source and seeking for other reports on the subject, and examining the URL of the website. Facebook points out that false news stories often carry catchy headlines, sometimes in all caps. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun. But supermarket tabloids peddling stories about aliens and celebrity miracles are less insidious than, say, "Pizzagate", a false Internet rumor that led a gunman to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria in December. In December the social media juggernaut announced that they were partnering with Snopes, Politifact, ABC News and FactCheck.org to help them spot fake news.

In a blog post, Adam Mosseri, the company's vice-president of news feed, said: "We can not become arbiters of truth ourselves - it's not feasible given our scale and it's not our role". We've got more work to do, but this is another important step.

Mosseri continues: "News Feed is a place for authentic communication".

Google will expand the use of "fact check" tags in its search results - the tech industry's latest effort to combat false and misleading news stories.

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I'm open but there is nothing done yet. "I come with a different package and I come with what I am able to do", the Swede added. I came as a 35-year-old who everybody thought was in a wheelchair.

"Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic".

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants his users to be smarter about fake news. Think critically about the stories that you read, and only share articles which you know to be credible.

Consider the photos. False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. The second is building new products - like the new tool - to "curb the spread of false news".

Do you find it hard to figure out whether online news is true or not? Because people believe things from sources they don't trust?

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The unnamed victim told police that Yust told her, "I've killed people before, even ex-girlfriends out of sheer jealousy". The Kansas City Police Department notified the family shortly after it confirmed the finding, the sheriff's office said.

The new "educational tool" is part of a multi-pronged strategy which will also see a growing range of "signals" from user behaviour and third-party fact checkers used to make misinformation less prominent on the social network. Lack of evidence, or a reliance on unnamed experts may indicate false news.

It comes as media outlets chase transparency and better news values at a time when the president of the United States has declared war against media organisations he has dubbed as "fake news".

Kudos to Facebook for not only taking this issue seriously, but for putting the power to stop fake news directly into the users' hands, rather than looking to identify and censor the items itself.

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