Facebook starts with marking fake news

Mar

5

2017

Facebook has started to mark messages that are drawn by fact checkers in doubt, with the aim to prevent fake news. Users may encounter a warning triangle in messages posted on Facebook.

Labeling possible fake news this weekend started, as noted inter alia on Gizmodo. When messages are disputed by fact checkers is a red plane containing a warning triangle, accompanied by definition of the organizations doubt the corresponding article.

Last week it became known that Dutch messages NU.nl and Leiden University Fact check on Facebook. They will have to work together: only if both parties agree, a message will be regarded as Disputed. Other media have also been approached but had no interest in participating.

Facebook was criticized after the election of the US president Donald Trump last November. would spread many messages with fake news on the social networking site, which would possibly have influenced the election. Facebook had already promised to come up with fact-checkers; the preparations were going on for some time.

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