Facebook tries crowdsourcing, fact-checkers to fight fake news

Facebook is experimenting with new features to allow users and third-party fact checkers to flag posts that appear to be fake news.

The new features, announced on Thursday, essentially try to solve the fake-news problem through crowdsourcing. “We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” the company said in a blog post.

The measures are meant to crackdown on “clear hoaxes” spread by spammers. Users who find the false information appearing on their news feed will be able to flag it by clicking on the upper right-hand corner of a post and reporting it as a fake news story.

News that has been flagged as false will then be reviewed by a group of third-party organizations that have agreed to a fact-checking code developed by the Poynter Institute, a non-profit training center for journalism.

Facebook’s posting didn’t name the third-party organizations in its blog posting, but they include Poynter, PolitiFact, and ABC News, according to The New York Times. Continue reading

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