Facebook is now making a move to stop fake news from spreading. The largest social networking site will be partnering with fact-checkers and news organisations to help its more than one billion users identify which stories are just made up.
Users will be given options to flag posts that are annoying, inappropriate, spam and fake news stories. Facebook will seek the assistance of ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Snopes and Politifact to realise its new goal. These organisations will sort news flagged by the users.
The easy distribution of false news and hoaxes has put many people in trouble. With Facebook’s new solution, people will know if the reports are disputed by the fact-checkers.
“We do believe that we have an obligation to combat the spread of fake news,” John Hegeman, the vice president of product management on news feed stated in an interview, as per Lex18.
Facebook has clarified that it will not take the role of labelling which reports are true or false. The company will still allow its users to express their opinions of the social media platform.
Those who post fake news will face serious consequences. They will be pushed down the news feed and will not be given the chance to use some of Facebook’s services such as paid promotion.
Meanwhile, some experts have concerns regarding the solution of the networking site. Some voices might be silenced which violates freedom of expression. Opposing parties, for example, only need to flag each other’s posts and encourage a number users to do the same to prevent messages from being heard.
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