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Facebook Fights Fake News

Facebook Fights Fake News

Facebook will take new measures to sort honest news stories from fake ones across its influential social network.

The social giant will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, where they will take two simple steps rather than three.

Facebook will pass a story to third-party fact checking organisations that are part of non-profit Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network.

Facebook will also work with five other news checking organisations: ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes.Stories that do not pass the test will not be removed from the site, but will be flagged as “disputed” which will force them to appear lower down in news feeds.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that fake news constitutes less than one percent of what is on Facebook, however critics say this is misleading.

The Pew Research Centre released a study on Thursday that found nearly a quarter of Americans had shared a fake news story either knowingly or unknowingly. 45% believe that the government, politicians and elected officials bear responsibility for preventing made up stories from gaining attention.

Facebook has also eliminated the ability for spammers to masquerade as real news organisations by spoofing domains.  

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