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Facebook Plans to Pay Fact-Checkers for Detecting Fake News

Facebook Plans to Pay Fact-Checkers for Detecting Fake News

Facebook (FB) took a lot of heat following the 2016 presidential election for not doing enough to combat fake and misleading news stories that many say ultimately influenced the way people voted. From today, users in 14 countries will see a prompt at the top of their news feeds that directs them to a fake news guide.

The guidelines include looking closely at website addresses to see if they are trying to spoof real news sites, and checking websites' "about" sections for more information. "It could depend on individual organizations, but we want to engage responsibly and if that means a financial arrangement, we are very open to it".

This isn't the first time we've seen Facebook try and make a stand against the spread of false news.

Facebook has come under withering scrutiny for its role in spreading so-called "fake news" - articles that are created to deceive people.

Facebook has been under pressure to combat fake news on its platform after claims it was used to sway voters during the United States presidential campaign.

The project is the result of a collaboration with media literacy agency MediaSmarts to help Canadians filter their news feeds for fake content, a phenomenon that became a growing concern during and after the 2016 USA presidential election campaign.

Mosseri said Facebook is attacking this problem by better identifying fake news through the social network's community and third-party fact-checking organizations; making it more hard for people responsible for posting fake news to buy ads on its platform; and updating the technology Facebook uses to detect fake accounts. Now, the world's largest social-networking platform is making good on its promise to educate users about fake news. "It's not a new phenomenon, and all of us - tech companies, media companies, newsrooms, teachers - have a responsibility to do our part in addressing it".

"We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here".

However, Moy said there is still a long way to go for Facebook and other organisations to properly tackle the issue of fake news.

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