Facebook Comes Up with Strategy to tackle Fake-News

Spreading the fake or potentially sensitive news on social media is kind of day to day thing, but Facebook has finally announced its strategy to tackle such information.

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It’s not the first time when Facebook has raised its concern about fake stories. Last month, the CEO of the social network had said in a conference that they’re trying to build a platform which would filter ‘fake stories’.

On Thursday, Facebook has finally announced its strategy. Let us understand, how it will work:

#1 Whenever a user finds some fake story on Facebook, he/she can report the news as fake by clicking on the option provided at the upper right-hand side of the post.

#2 If the story gets reported for maximum times, the Facebook will transfer the story to the third-party fact-checking organizations, that are basically part of the nonprofit Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network.

#3 If the fact-checking organizations find the story as fake, then the post would become “disputed”.

#4 Even if the post status is “disputed”, one can share or like it but he/she will receive a warning about that “disputed story”.

As of now, the company is working with five fact-checking organizations, ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact, and Snopes, but it is believed that soon the company will expand its group.

Explaining more, an official blog post writes “the user will also get a link, which would explain why the story is disputed”.

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As per as reports, in recent past, there were several fake news stories and one of them was – “Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump”, which literally became very popular with millions of hits.

 

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