Facebook began flagging fake news; users can mark fake news as ‘disputed’ 

March 5, 2017, 9:42 pm
Facebook began flagging fake news; users can mark fake news as ‘disputed’ 
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Facebook began flagging fake news; users can mark fake news as ‘disputed’ 

Facebook began flagging fake news; users can mark fake news as ‘disputed’ 

Days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that fake news damaged common understanding, the social networking site launched a new function to mark such news as “disputed.”

The new tool is supposed to help Facebook to identify websites and pages that disseminate fake news.

According to a Mashable report, the Facebook tool uses fact-checkers like Politifact and Snope to identify fake new.

Through the new tool, a user can mark a fake news as “disputed” by clicking on the right of the post and choosing an option allowing them to mark it so. However, the tool so far has not made available for every user.

According to reports, once a report marked as fake by a user it will be reviewed by a third-party checker who collaborates with Facebook to identify fakes.

Media ethics organisations like Poynter Institute had already teamed up with Facebook in the mission.

The social media giant decided to tighten its measures and stop the flow of fake news after instances of fake news shared on Facebook during US election were widely reported in print and online media.

There had been thousands of such fake reports shared during the elections pushing citizens to vote for Donald Trump.

Facebook and Google had been accused of helping mislead voters by allowing misinformation to be spread by their websites.