The social media site have confirmed they are committed to solving issues with fake news and hoaxes.
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Adam Mosseri, vice president of product design at Facebook, said: ‘We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully.
‘We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organisations.’
The changes will make it easier for people on Facebook to report hoax news stories, simply by clicking the upper right hand corner of the post.
Facebook will rely heavily on users to detect fake stories, though they’ve also enlisted the help of third-party fact checking groups.
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When a news story is disputed, it will appear flagged and there will be a link to a corresponding article which will explain why is cannot be verified.
Mosseri added: ‘We’ve found that a lot of fake news is financially motivated. Spammers make money by masquerading as well-known news organisations, and posting hoaxes that get people to visit to their sites, which are often mostly ads.’
To reduce financial incentives for people creating and sharing fake news, Mosseri revealed Facebook’s two courses of action: ‘On the buying side we’ve eliminated the ability to spoof domains, which will reduce the prevalence of sites that pretend to be real publications.
‘On the publisher side, we are analysing publisher sites to detect where policy enforcement actions might be necessary.’