Facebook is finally cracking down on their fake news problem. The world's most widely used social media platform will now be fact-checking news stories to verify their accuracy and will bury fake stories in the News Feed, the company announced Thursday.
The Book was widely criticized this year for their failure to suppress multiple fake news stories about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that rapidly spread on the platform during the presidential election. Many of these false reports, which were overwhelmingly pro-Trump or anti-Clinton, can be traced to a small town called Veles in Macedonia. Teenagers here were crafting sensational stories they knew would get the attention of Americans on Facebook and therefore bring in lots of money from advertisements.
To assist them in waging war on the deluge of fake stories that still surface on the platform everyday, Facebook is partnering with several media organizations including Snopes, Factcheck.org, ABC News and PolitiFact, which are all part of a fact-checking network called Poynters based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Soon, users will be able to report stories they suspect are fake. Once the story has been marked as false by fact-checkers, it will be demoted in the News Feed.
"We're testing several ways to make it easier to report a hoax if you see one on Facebook, which you can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post," Adam Mosseri, VP of News Feed said in the company's blog post. "We've relied heavily on our community for help on this issue, and this can help us detect more fake news."