Facebook’s latest effort to curb fake news is an educational tool that will appear at the top of the news feed. The Internet firm said that it will be including alert to the tool when users log onto the platform, which will offer tips for identifying completely made-up news stories. The tool will appear for a few days for users in 14 countries, including in the U.S.
The social networking giant’s news feed vice president, Adam Mosseri, said that when users click on the tool, they will see more resources and information in the site’s Help Center. This includes tips on how to spot fabricated stories, such as probing the source and seeking for other reports on the subject, and examining the URL of the website.
There is widespread agreement that fake news designed to deceive people are a problem, but putting an end to these articles is a massive challenge. CNN notes that Menlo Park has come under shriveling scrutiny for its part in spreading false stories that are designed to deceive readers. Such phoney articles have been shown to spread virally on the Zuckerberg-led social media platform.
The tips offered by Facebook’s new educational tool to combat fake news range from vague advice like be skeptical and think critically to more actionable ones like check the author’s sources and look closely at the URL. The Verge notes that none of the guidelines advised against getting daily source of news from friends who appear to only exist on social media platforms.
Facebook announced Thursday that it has launched a tool designed to help people ferret out fake news. The social media juggernaut spent the months since the United States elections dealing with its part in the spread of fabricated news stories. The company is now making good on its promise to educate people about phoney articles.
Bloomberg notes that after the election of Trump, Menlo Park chief Mark Zuckerberg had to respond to critics who claimed that certain viral fake news on the social media platform could have swayed the election. After initially downplaying the company’s affect, the 32-year-old tech titan decided to rethink the social network’s responsibilities. In February, Zuckerberg posted an open letter that revised the Internet firm’s mission to more proactively tackle problems such as lack of civic engagement, and misinformation.
Facebook’s new educational guide will help users learn to identify fake news. The tool will lay out things to think about when considering whether what you are reading is true. Mosseri said that hoaxes and fabricated stories make the world less informed, and are harmful to the community. The false stories prompt will appear in the following countries: Germany, Mexico, Brazil, the U.S., France, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, United Kingdom, Colombia, Taiwan, and Philippines.
By Anila Maring
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