Fake news Facebook institutes new measures to curb hoax

The measures include a new tool that allows users to report a post as ‘fake news stories’, and a collaboration with third party fact-checking organisations to authenticate stories.

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Facebook has announced a number of new tools that would make it easier for it to detect false news spread on its platform.

The announcement was made by Adam Mosseri, the vice president for News Feed in a blog post on Thursday December 15.

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According to Mosseri, Facebook is doing rolling out these new tools in order to “[give users] a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully. We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations."

 

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The measures include a new tool that allows users to report a post as ‘fake news stories’, and a collaboration with third party fact-checking organisations to authenticate stories.

Fake news on Facebook has been identified by some analysts as being a contributing factor to the electoral success of president-elect Donald Trump in the US elections.

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