Facebook modifies the way it alerts users to fake news

Facebook modifies the way it alerts users to fake news

In a separate blog post, Facebook product designer Jeff Smith, user experience researcher Grace Jackson and content strategist Seetha Raj offered a deeper explanation for why the "Disputed" flag fell short.

Facebook said that the reasons for the change stem from academic research on correcting misinformation, which has proven that that putting a strong image, like a red flag, next to an article may actually entrench deeply held beliefs, the opposite effect to what we intended.

Giant social media network, Facebook has announced of modifying in some sorts of its combat with fake news. "And understanding how people decide what's false and what's not will be crucial to our success over time", said Lyons. "Please keep giving us your feedback because we'll be redoubling our efforts in 2018".

Facebook, with more than 2-billion average monthly users, has been criticised along with Twitter and Google's YouTube for letting misinformation spread across their platforms, including an effort by Russian operatives to influence last year's USA presidential election. It has admitted being used by "troll farms", which purchased paid advertising in order to circulate targeted propaganda. The company, among a variety of responses, has altered its algorithm for the news feed to punish sites that use inflammatory language associated with fake news and tried to reward higher quality content.

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"We learned that dispelling misinformation is challenging", they wrote.

The company says it will no longer stick the word "disputed" next to misleading information, an action that had been one of its original measures to tackle the spread of intentionally false information on Facebook.

Some of it, controversially, is sometimes spread by the most powerful man in the world. Untruth now comes in many forms, they noted, from politics to memes.

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