Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Facebook to Step Up Fact-checking in Fight Against Fake News

Facebook to Step Up Fact-checking in Fight Against Fake News

The effort hasn't always worked, with the Guardian newspaper reporting that sometimes an authority figure telling people not to read certain stories has caused them to spread faster.

This is one of many tests we're working on to improve the experiences people have on Facebook.

In a lengthy corporate manifesto posted in February, Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook "would focus less on banning misinformation, and more on surfacing additional perspectives and information, including that fact checkers dispute an item's accuracy".

Politifact, which is funded by a Clinton Foundation donor, have shared their own fake news in the past, pulling 2014 fact-check in April after it turned out to be factually incorrect. From time to time, a post from the fact checkers may also appear directly criticizing or contextualizing a given story. The extensive criticism came in the wake of the us presidential election and people were not sure if Facebook can truly change its powerful news feed in order to stamp out the fake stories.

Facebook said back then that it will refer to fact-checking services that comply with Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers' code of conduct to warn readers of fake news articles flagged by algorithms and users themselves. For some articles deemed false, Facebook will link to fact checkers' explanations for why the information presented is wrong. Facebook's second-quarter net income was almost $4 billion.

"In addition to seeing which stories are disputed by third-party fact checkers, people want more context to make informed decisions about what they read and share", said Sara Su, Facebook news feed product manager, per Reuters.

Fact checkers will start seeing more articles in their queues.

The social media network has also activated a pinned post to the top of timelines in Kenya that directs users to the Facebook Help Center, with resources on how to spot false reports "such as checking the web address, investigating the source and looking for other reports on the topic".

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