Fact Checkers will Now Check Facebook for Spam News. As we all know that from quite some time fake news have been circulating on Facebook. So in order to tackle this issue Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact, ABC News, and AP will now help Facebook. They will help check the news on Facebook for hoaxes and spam news.
This will cover four of the six assurances Mark Zuckerberg made about combating fake news without it becoming “the mediator of truth.”
It will make fake news posts less noticeable, join warnings from fact checkers to fake news in the feed, make recording hoaxes easier and disorder the financial enticements of false news spammers.
“We’re not looking to get into the grey area of opinion.”
Facebook’s VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri revealed.
“What we are focusing on with this work is specifically the worst of the work — clear hoaxes that were shared intentionally, usually by spammers, for financial gain.”
Facebook will now refer to fact-checking services that stick to Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of ethics the most egregious and viral fake news articles highlighted by users and algorithms. These contain non-partisanship and justice; transparency of sources, procedure and funding; and a promise to amendments. Facebook will start with the above five but anticipates to grow that list to dozens to quickly get a consent on a story’s precision.
Fact Checkers will Now Check Facebook for Spam News
If they confirm a story is fake, they tell Facebook via a special reporting website it solely built for them. And can contain a link to a post deflating the article. Facebook will then display posts of those links down in the News Feed. It will also assign a cautionary label stating “Doubtful by [one or more of the fact checkers]” with a link to the debunking post on News Feed stories.
Moreover, Facebook will only send the most prevalent possibly fake news stories to evade deluging the fact-checkers. If issuers differ with their labels they’ll have to take it up with the third-parties. Mosseri confirmed that these fact-checking services won’t get any payment from Facebook. However may get a traffic and marking boost from the debunk post links.
The two areas for enhancement Zuckerberg cited that Facebook is still working on are better classifiers to inevitably identify fake news, and avoiding fake news from appearing as “Related Articles”.
Zuckerberg has also posted some thoughts on the updates, mentioning that,
“Facebook is a new kind of platform different from anything before it. I think of Facebook as a technology company, but I recognize we have a greater responsibility than just building technology that information flows through. While we don’t write the news stories you read and share, we also recognize we’re more than just a distributor of news. We’re a new kind of platform for public discourse — and that means we have a new kind of responsibility to enable people to have the most meaningful conversations, and to build a space where people can be informed.”
If Facebook’s multi-prong tactic can cut the occurrence of fake news without becoming domineering truth police, it could pull to bits one of the utmost dangers to its future as a central internet service. Time will tell to what extent this step will be useful to tackle fake and spam news. So lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.