Facebook finally fights back against fake news

"News stories that are reported as fake by people on Facebook may be reviewed", explains the new guidelines on Facebook's FAQ.

He noted that the company is trying to focus on surfacing more information from fact checkers rather than pulling down fake content.

Facebook has enlisted fact-checking organizations like Politifact and Snopes to help monitor stories flagged as fake.

Facebook incurred the wrath of users frustrated by the many hoax news stories surrounding the 2016 election. Facebook has rolled out a new Disputed News tag that will be applied to some stores that are not accurate reports Fortune.

The process for an article circulated on Facebook to be given the "disputed" tag begins when users send in reports regarding the story or if the software that Facebook uses catches the article.

To Facebook's credit, the system seems to be as rigorous and transparent as anyone could hope for. It was reported that fake news articles were already being circulated regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which makes testing in Germany a logical choice.

The system relies on users who qualify as fact-checkers after signing onto a list of principles codified by the journalism nonprofit Poytner. Conscious of the potential for not only ad revenue through clicks, but also the ability to mould the news narrative, money-seekers and those with a (usually political) agenda have become skilled in flooding the social network with sensational, scary stories that are simply not true.

On Friday, Facebook has finally unveiled its new tool meant to combat the spread of fake news.

However, such a tagging system on Facebook will probably not fix the problem completely.

One fictional story that has been flagged on Facebook is an article by a satire website called The Seattle Tribune that said Trump's unsecured Android device was the source of recent White House leaks.

Most of us tend to get our daily bit of news through social media platforms. The sites are part of a network of fact-checking organizations coordinated by the Poynter Institute.

  • Tracy Ferguson