Tue. May 26th, 2020

Facebook Reveals New Effort to Combat Fake News

One of the biggest issues during the last election year was fake news — especially on social media sites such as Facebook. And, with 2020 quickly approaching, many have wondered how the tech giant will prevent fake news from interfering in the election.


In response, Facebook said it will add “false information” labels to Facebook and Instagram posts that have been “rated false or partly false by a third-party fact-checker.” Additionally, the labels will obscure the view of the post to help people “better decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share.”


Along with labeling the posts, Facebook will warn users who try to share it. So, before the post goes live, they will see a notice that fact checkers say it contains false information, with a link to more information.


Source: Instagram


These steps, announced Monday, are the most aggressive stance the company has taken to reduce the spread of misinformation and comes less than two weeks after the Senate Intelligence Committee released additional information about interference in the 2016 election.