Facebook will soon begin to put warning labels on “fake news” stories shared by users. Articles known to be false, often click-bait intended to trick readers, will now be marked with a “flag.”
A red label that reads “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers” will appear below the headlines of these articles. Users can click a link that says “learn while this is disputed” if they want more information.
The social network will use third party fact checkers to determine if news articles are fake. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “we do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.”
Facebook has also said that users are still able to post whatever they want on their own pages, no matter how false or misleading it might be. However, Facebook VP Adam Mosseri said “you will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share.”
Disputed stories “may also appear lower” in the News Feed on the Facebook homepage, which is sorted by an algorithm.
Many social media companies, including Facebook, have been under pressure lately from journalism advocacy groups to combat the spread of “fake news” this past year. One example of a fake news story that spread around this year was that Pope Francis endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Facebook will prioritize on calling out “the worst of the worst, the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain,” Mosseri says.