Facebook tackling fake news issue head on

Looking to overcome its own heavy presence in the proliferation of fake news, Facebook is tackling the issue head on, putting together a plan to team up with fact-checkers to vet news items.

In a news release outlining how Facebook’s new reporting and flagging process will work, Mosseri said the company will rely on its users to report a story as potentially bogus, “along with other signals.” The story would then be sent to fact-checkers.

“If the fact-checking organizations identify a story as fake,” Mosseri said, “it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

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