Facebook launches new tool to fix fake news
December 16th, 2016 at 1:43 pm
Facebook launches new tool to fix fake news

Technology desk – Facebook has announced new features to help combat fabricated news stories on the world’s largest social networking site, media reports said.

The social site has added a new option titled “it’s a fake news story” to its reporting feature, which is currently used for spam or other “annoying” content.

Facebook was widely criticised last month after some users complained that fake news had influenced the US presidential election.

“We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” according to the company’s statement.

BBC reported quoting the company statement that the new reporting features are being rolled out, along with other changes designed to combat the spread of misinformation.

There are currently 43 signatories, including news organisations in several different countries. Poynter, which operates the scheme, said it was “rethinking” the application process in light of Facebook’s decision.

Facebook has also said it was looking into penalising websites which tried to mimic major publishers, or misled readers into thinking they were a well-known news source.

Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California, United States, which employs 4,619 and founded on February 4, 2004.