Facebook considering new measures against false news

Mark ZuckerbergFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience during a meeting of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Ceo Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

Facebook is considering whether to mark questionable articles with a warning to limit the spread of false news.

The problem with news articles without basis have received considerable attention in the wake of the US presidential elections.

During the election campaign, a long series of such articles received considerable attention in social media, and critics believe false news may have affected the outcome of the election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a few days after the election rejected that their dissemination of news without facts check may have affected the outcome, and called it a “crazy idea.”

In a recent Facebook post he emphasizes, however, that Facebook is taking the problem very seriously and outlines several possible measures.

Cooperation with organizations engaged to independently check facts is one of them.

One other is checking news reports that users and independent fact checkers have reported that is untrue with a warning.

Zuckerberg also points out a measure that was announced earlier this week, which is to remove the fake news page options to use the company’s advertising network to monetize.

– A lot of misinformation is run by financially motivated spam. We are considering to destroy the economy of this ad rules that we have already announced, writes Zuckerberg.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

3 Comments on "Facebook considering new measures against false news"

  1. Reinolds Rubicks | 20. November 2016 at 10:36 | Reply

    Yes, I am also disgusted with news article making mole hills and blame everything on Trump eg woman berated by students about her hijab was blamed on Trump’s presidency, black military service man not getting his free meal from Chilli was also pinned on Trump. The most ridiculous was about a Muslim paedophile and rapist who called for legalizing rape also endorsed Trump hence it is again headline news. These are deliberate provocation of some naive public to revolt against Trump. These kind of false reporting by unethical reporters MUST be eliminated from the media.

  2. Reinolds Rubicks | 20. November 2016 at 10:37 | Reply

    Yes, I am also disgusted with news article making mole hills and blame everything on Trump eg woman berated by students about her hijab was blamed on Trump’s presidency, black military service man not getting his free meal from Chilli was also pinned on Trump. The most ridiculous was about a Muslim paedophile and rapist who called for legalizing rape also endorsed Trump hence it is again headline news. These are deliberate provocation of some naive public to revolt against Trump. These kind of false reportings by unethical reporters MUST be eliminated from the media.

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