Facebook launches tool to help users spot false news

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Facebook already partners with a number of organizations, including Snopes and Politifact, to spot fake news.

The new feature is part of a broader plan by Facebook to clamp down false news stories, which gained outsizeattention in the months leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. These consist on a list that will make for more discerning readers, Facebook writes. The headlines of fake news stories are often catchy, and contain lots of capital letters and exclamation marks.

Look at the photos as sometimes the images are manipulated or taken out of contest to serve the writer's agenda.

Facebook has promised to crack down on fake news on the platform by "disrupting the incentives" for people to post it and educating its users on how to spot it. Meanwhile, URLs sometimes have titles similar to real websites in order to fool you.

But Facebook's news feed boss Adam Mosseri described it as "somewhat concerning". The U.S. presidential campaign helped bring the problem to light, as articles with false information were being highlighted as featured articles by way of computerized algorithms due to the high volume of people sharing them.

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These include looking at an article's URL, investigating the source of a story and thinking more critically about whether an article is a joke. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun. This began with simply asking users to flag news stories as fakeFacebook Wants You to Fix Its Fake News Problem Facebook Wants You to Fix Its Fake News Problem Facebook has a fake news problem in need of fixing.

Some stories are intentionally false.

Mosseri said most of the false news content on Facebook is from spammers trying to seek a profit and not, for example, political propaganda.

"We're exploring ways to give people more context about stories so they can make more informed decisions about what to read, trust and share and ways to give people access to more perspectives about the topics that they're reading", he said.

Having appeared rather too relaxed about this issue until last November, Facebook is now finding it hard to keep up with the demands for action - and an educational tool may just not cut it. "We will continue working on this and we know we have more work to do". Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL.