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Facebook Makes Plans to Solve the Fake News Issue

By Alex Neil Posted Nov 21, 2016 in Facebook News/ social media


After the reports stating that the fake news on Facebook played a huge role in the last week’s elections, Facebook has been under s a lot of fire. While Mark Zuckerberg constantly denied this statement, he is very serious about the disasters fake news can cause.

He is now thinking of ways to get rid of this issue. While before, Facebook relied solely on its community and users to flag inappropriate or false content, now it will also use algorithms to identify and flag false news and misinformation.

But Mark Zuckerberg understands that while algorithm may get rid of most of the fake news, it has the potential to flag true content collaterally. So, on Friday, Zuckerberg made a pretty lengthy post on Facebook addressing this fake news issue and told the rough plan as to how it will try to eradicate this problem. In his post, he said:

“The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We’ve made significant progress, but there is more work to be done.

In a nutshell, the post outlined the following strategies:

  • A warning label will be added to the stories that Facebook users have flagged as inappropriate.
  • Third party fact checking organizations will work together with Facebook.
  • ‘Related Articles’ suggestions will be more accurate.
  • Fake news will not be promoted using Facebook paid ads (This is actually being implemented as of this week.)
  • There will also be algorithms that will detect fake news before people flag them as false or inappropriate.

All of these things sound really good in theory but let’s hope Facebook actually succeeds in its plan to eradicate fake news.


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