After receiving severe criticism during and after the US elections, Facebook finally seems to be taking some serious steps to curb the spreading of fake news on its platform.
After receiving severe criticism during and after the US elections, Facebook finally seems to be taking some serious steps to curb the spreading of fake news on its platform. Earlier CEO Mark Zuckerberg had dismissed such claims and said it was a ‘pretty crazy idea’. Facebook, however, has reportedly said that it will introduce tools to prevent the spread of fake news on its widely influential newsfeed. The new features contribute to the process which Facebook plans to take with an aim to refine how it deals with hoaxes and fake news. After being accused of not doing enough to combat the issue, the social media giant received flak for how it regularised and monitored content which is produced by a whopping 1.8 billion members.
Adam Mosseri, VP, News Feed, Facebook, in a blog post said, “A few weeks ago we previewed some of the things we’re working on to address the issue of fake news and hoaxes. We’re committed to doing our part and today we’d like to share some updates we’re testing and starting to roll out.” Facebook said that they have begun to work on a program with third party fact checker organisations, who are a part of ‘Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles’. The blog post said, “We believe providing more context can help people decide for themselves what to trust and what to share. We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact-checking organisations.”
In case the fact checker organisations find a story to be fake, Facebook said that those will get flagged as ‘disputed’ and there will be a corresponding article explaining why it is so. “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 organisations.” Adam Mosseri said in a blog post. This seems to be a good start in the direction to the end of cancer cure and UFO sighting hoaxes.
(with agency inputs)