At first, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg remarked that it was “pretty crazy” to think that so-called fake news was responsible for swaying the election in Trump’s favor.
Someone must have gotten to him, because now, he’s singing a slightly different tune.
He wants to help put an end to “fake news.” He says Facebook is now a “new kind of platform different from anything before it.” It’s a new platform, which means he now has the “responsibility” to help filter the information people get in their news feeds for accuracy. As Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post:
“While we don’t write the news stories you read and share, we also recognize we’re more than just a distributor of news. We’re a new kind of platform for public discourse — and that means we have a new kind of responsibility to enable people to have the most meaningful conversations, and to build a space where people can be informed.”
They’ve made it so that if you question a news story’s accuracy, you can flag it and select the option that reads, “It’s a fake news story,” at which point you can select what you want to do with that designation. You can message it to the original poster, block the original poster, or you can officially “mark this post as fake news.” Anyone reading the story can flag it as fake news.
Facebook will then forward stories marked as “fake news” by readers – they’ll use other means as well to collect potentially “fake news” stories – to third party fact-checkers for the final verdict. If these fact-checkers decide it’s “fake news,” then “it will get flagged as disputed, and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.”
At that point, the article can still be shared, but with a disclaimer: “Disputed by 3rd parties – Before you share this story, you might want to know that independent fact-checkers disputed its accuracy.”
In addition, “once a story is flagged, it can’t be made into an ad and promoted, either.” Those stories officially designated as “fake news” will be buried in News Feed.
So, who are these ‘third party fact-checkers?’ Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and ABC News. And on which stories do you think they are most likely to render a “fake news” verdict? Those coming from conservative sites.
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