“Fake news” is the red hot topic for 2017, and Facebook is making sure it’s controlling the narrative, with new features and updates on its product.
In its most recent attempt to tackle the issue, Facebook is trying to give users a toolset so that they can identify news that are potentially fake. Since April 7th, Facebook has been showing tips on how to spot fake news, to users in 14 selected countries.
The tips appear in the form of a clickable ticker at the top of News Feed. The ticker redirects users to a page with a series of 10 tips that will educate visitors about how to spot fake news.
The rationale behind it is that you can only help so much by flagging News Feed items as “disputed,” but the real difference will come by helping users spot them in the first place.
This is the latest update in a string of measures that the company has been taking to fight the spread of fake news. After all, they may have influenced recent political results, and caused quite a stir across the world. Mark Zuckerberg is personally involved in this project.