Facebook Changes The Way 'Fake News' Articles Are Displayed

Facebook Changes The Way 'Fake News' Articles Are Displayed

Burying bogus items at the bottom of the News Feed typically results in the demoted info losing 80 percent of traffic, according to Facebook.

Since the flag depended on two assessments, Facebook found the process slow, and sometimes, it couldn't happen at all.

Nearly exactly a year ago Facebook announced that it would enable people to flag fake news articles so that third-party fact checkers could evaluate their veracity and, if considered false, flag them as "Disputed".

Facebook has scrapped an effort to crack down on misinformation on the giant social network by showing "disputed" flags on articles that third-party fact checkers deemed false.

Instead of the flagging system, which Facebook started earlier this year, it will show related articles to give Facebook users more context.

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"Just as before, as soon as we learn that an article has been disputed by fact-checkers, we immediately send a notification to those people who previously shared it".

We're seeing a pattern here: the "fake news flag" was announced late in the pre-Christmas cycle in 2016, and abandoned in a similar take-out-the-trash dead zone.

After getting dragged around the time of the general election, Facebook has spent much of this year taking steps to combat the spread of misinformation on its site. It began introducing fact-checked stories to Related Articles in August. "For example, they might use "false, ' 'partly false, ' 'unproven, ' and 'true.' We only applied Disputed flags to 'false" ratings because it was a strong visual signal", wrote Smith, Jackson and Raj.

Smith's post hints that the problems emerged nearly immediately: "In April of this year, we started testing a new version of Related Articles that appears in News Feed before someone clicks on a link to an article".

Facebook said it's launching a second initiative to understand better how people determine the accuracy of the information they receive.

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