Facebook launches tool to help users spot false news

07 April, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Facebook launches tool to help users spot false news

In a critical effort to tackle fake news on its platform, Facebook plans to pay fact-checkers to monitor news flowing through its feed, and is looking to educate its users how to identify untruths online as it faces mounting criticism for its current initiatives that rely on users flagging content. The company added that it is focusing on three key areas with the new resources: disrupting economic incentives, building new products to stop the spread and helping people make more informed decisions.

Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy.

Facebook and MediaSmarts will also be releasing a guide titled, "How to Recognize False Content Online - The New W's", which will be available on MediaSmarts' website. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.

"News Feed is a place for authentic communication", Adam Mosseri, Facebook's VP of News Feed, wrote in a blog post about the tool. Countries getting the fake news prompt include the United States, Germany, the U.K., Brazil and Mexico.

Among the ten "tips", users are asked to consider whether the story might be a joke.

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When users open this tool, they will find more information and resources in the Facebook Help Center. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun. And that has allowed Facebook time to think more carefully about how it can tackle the issue in Canada, he said.

"Promoting a critical reading of information is a priority", California-based Facebook said.

As well as making it easier to report fake stories, the company has started working with fact-checking organisations to flag questionable items which may pop up in its news feed. "It's not a new phenomenon, and all of us - tech companies, media companies, newsrooms, teachers - have a responsibility to do our part in addressing it". 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.

It started flagging content after some critics questioned whether the spread of false articles, disguised as legitimate news content, may have influenced the outcome of the USA election - a charge that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed.

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