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Facebook Debuts 'Disputed' Flag To Help Eradicate Spread Of Fake News

Facebook Debuts 'Disputed' Flag To Help Eradicate Spread Of Fake News

Independent third-party fact-checkers approved by the non-partisan Poynter Code of Principles will review each news story marked as "disputed" on Facebook.

Facebook had introduced a solution to false stories last December amid outcries that so-called fake news influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. First and foremost, using a "disputed" label instead of a clearer "fake" label could make users think that the article is only generating controversy and not a complete falsification of facts. The story will then be sent on to Politifact and Snopes who will investigate and determine whether the story is incorrect.

Facebook had been singled out as a platform that supported the spread of fake news created to malign candidates in the recent United States presidential election, an assertion that politicians from both parties have used to make political points.

The feature is now only available in the USA, where the 2016 elections were thought to have been swayed by fake stories appearing on the social network.

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The stories marked as bogus will appear in the lower section of the news feed and warns the user before sharing it on their page.

While Facebook's latest effort is certainly appreciated by some news consumers, others are skeptical, believing that the company's actions amount to arbitrary and unjustifiable censorship. As reported by Gizmodo and Recode, this was warned, for example, before an article that Donald Trump's Android smartphone was the source of Leak's confidential information.

The disputed tag is meant to inform users that the information presented in a news article is not accurate.

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Most of us tend to get our daily bit of news through social media platforms. Facebook also provides links to fact-checking sites that help debunk the original article.

On Friday, Facebook has finally unveiled its new tool meant to combat the spread of fake news.

Hopefully Facebook will be able to further improve its flagging system in the near future so that it will have a bigger impact on the prevention of fake news in the social network.

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