Facebook Takes Another Step Against Fake News With The ‘More Info’ Button
Ever since the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, Facebook has been going through the fake news scandal. There have been reports that say that without Facebook’s fake news, Donald Trump would not have won the election. You can see how that would be unsettling for people.
But since that scandal, Facebook has been taking steps to ensure that the platform doesn’t face that kind of crisis again. It has banned links which lead to fake news and stories. It is also temporarily banning accounts from advertising which share fake news more than Facebook’s mysterious limit. The reason that limit is mysterious is because if pages knew how many times they are allowed to share fake news, they would find a way around this obstacle. The spammers always do.
Now, Facebook is taking another step to remove misinformation from the platform. There is a new ‘i’ button which will give people more information about the publisher by clicking on it. Facebook product manager Sara Su explained to TechCrunch why this update was made:
“People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading. They want better tools to help them understand if an article is from a publisher they trust and evaluate if the story itself is credible.”
When people click on the ‘i’ button on the bottom of the thumbnail of the story link in their newsfeed, a box will appear that will show the beginning of their Wikipedia entry about that publisher. This way, people will know more about the publisher and judge whether the news is authentic or not. There will also be the info of the publisher’s Facebook page even if the link is shared by another Facebook page. If the Wikipedia entry is not there, it will give the readers a clue that maybe the publisher is not legitimate and the news is probably fake.
There will also be related articles around that topic if it’s a trending issue and people will have the opportunity to check out more articles and stories. They can then piece together that information to gain the gist of what the actual news is.
“As we continue the test, we’ll continue listening to people’s feedback to understand what types of information are most useful and explore ways to extend the feature” Su told TechCrunch. “We will apply what we learn from the test to improve the experience people have on Facebook, advance news literacy, and support an informed community.”