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Facebook Now Calls You Out On Fake News You Try To Post


A feature desperately needed here

Fake news is certainly one of the biggest problems today, and is one of the issues that need to be addressed by Zuckerberg and co. if they want to keep their numbers up. There’s a growing trend of people simply disconnecting from Facebook because of the toxicity that has developed within the social networking site because of trolls and fake news stories, which in the long run can hurt the company’s bottom line.

To combat fake news, Facebook has started a limited roll-out of a new feature that informs users via a pop-up if a news story they’re trying to share is disputed by fact checkers like Snopes.com and the Associated Press.

The new feature, spotted by John Ourand, displays a pop-up that says “Disputed by multiple, independent fact-checkers. Before you share this content, you might want to know that the fact-checking sites, Snopes.com and Associated Press disputed its accuracy.”

The new feature hasn’t completely rolled out for everyone in the US though, which seems to suggest that it’s in a limited trial basis. Facebook usually rolls out new features to a targeted demographic to test and tweak them first before rolling them out to all users.

The question now Facebook, is when is this coming to the Philippines? God knows we need that feature here to fight fake news stories.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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