Facebook to Roll Out Fact-Checking, Relates Posts to Fight Fake News

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

You can see that one person has posted a dubious article, and that Facebook will show you more accurate articles directly beneath, in your News Feed.

On Thursday, the site announced that the system was ready to be rolled out.

Starting Thursday, when Facebook's U.S. users come across popular links-including made-up news articles-in their feeds, they may also see a cluster of other articles on the same topic.

The company said it has created a software algorithm to flag stories that may be suspicious and send them to third-party fact checkers.

According to Su, the linked articles will offer users different perspectives than ones they just read, but will not state that a particular article is false news.

The "related articles" feature will be used on popular topics being shared on the social media platform, as well as those thought to be misleading or fake.

The feature is reportedly launching in the U.S., Germany, France, and the Netherlands today, because Facebook secured fact-checking partners in those countries. "We will continue testing updates to Related Articles and other ongoing News Feed efforts to show less false news on Facebook and provide people context if they see false news", Facebook wrote in the statement.

Facebook Inc.is taking a more aggressive step to thwart the spread of fake news on its platform.

Lyons agreed that time is of the essence when it comes to getting potential fake news stories to fact checkers.

Facebook has also been adjusting its news feed algorithms to help demote fake stories, as it did in June when it started punishing accounts that routinely post 50 links a day because they tend to share "low quality content" like misinformation. The story prompted a man to storm the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle in 2016.

The newspaper ads come days after false news bulletins were mocked up to imitate reports from the BBC and CNN in an attempt to sway voters. The story was later retracted by the news outlet. Facebook has also partnered with outside fact-checkers like Snopes.com, who label stories as false from a Facebook-built database of possibly false news articles.

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