Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world's largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news.
Facebook says its objective with Related Articles and updated machine learning tech is to offer users more context on the validity of a story they see in their feed.
Separately, Facebook also said this week (3 August) it will test a new fact-checking feature on users in the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Facebook has grown to north of 2 billion active users and with the growth in the user base, the company also has growing responsibilities especially since social media platforms have been marred by the nuisance of fake and propaganda-based news. If the fact-checkers review the post and write a story debunking it or giving context, that post may appear below the original content on Facebook's news feed, according to a company blog post. So we're rolling this out more broadly.
Facebook is to double down on its practice of forwarding suspect news item to third-party fact checkers, who will be able to display their own take on events below the dubious article, as it ramps up efforts to tackle 'fake news'.
"If a lot of people are talking about a topic, or if a third party fact checker has fact-checked an article, our research has shown that seeing these fact checker articles is really helpful to help people identify whether the news they are reading is misleading or false, " Facebook product manager Sara Su told Forbes in a phone interview. One viral hoax, for example, claimed that the Pope had endorsed Trump.