Your Fake News On Facebook Will Soon Stop Selling
Facebook is putting strategies in place to let users know fake news the moment they see them.
Here is how it plans to do this.
It will send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers, and show their findings below the original post.
The world’s largest online social network’s new strategy was contained in a statement it released on Thursday, as it tries to fight so-called fake news, which people peddle on the network to gain views on their websites.
In the statement on the company’s website, Facebook said it will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes and send them to fact checkers.
Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The issue has also become a big political topic in Europe, with French voters flooded with false stories ahead of the presidential election in May and Germany backing a plan to fine social media networks if they fail to remove hateful postings promptly, ahead of elections there in September.
On Thursday Facebook said in a separate statement in Germany that a test of the new fact-checking feature was being launched in the United States, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
“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, in a blog.
She added that Facebook would keep testing its “related article” feature and work on other changes to its news feed to cut down on false news.
So, if you are part of those always using Facebook to peddle fake news, it is time to have a rethink. Your stories will no longer sell.
Promoting credibility is what Facebook will be all about soon.