Facebook already has an alert ready to fight fake news

 

It was shortly after the US elections that the topic of fake news on social media jumped into the spotlight. After several months of development, Facebook already has a tool ready to fight them.

Facebook's "fact-checking" platform to identify fake news is now up and running. Any user who sees news in the feed that they consider to be false can flag it. Whenever this content is shared on the network, it will appear with an object that identifies it as possibly fake.

In December, the site had announced a partnership with an independent fact-checking platform to stop the proliferation of false content from the page feed.

One of the first posts to be flagged as false happened during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations on Friday. The post, originally shared by the blog “Newport Buzz”, featured a video about the alleged slavery to which thousands of Irish people were subjected.

When users of the social network tried to share this information, they were faced with a red alert, informing that the content had been marked by “Snopes” and the “Associated Press” as potentially false. When clicking on the article, a second window appeared with information about fake news.

Those who, even so, ignored the alert and decided to publish the content were promptly notified that it was a news item identified as potentially false and that it was being investigated by “Snopes” and “AP”.

Liam Hogan, an Irish librarian and historian, took to social media to report on the fake post. "Donald Trump supporters are going crazy over this warning," he wrote.

On the other hand, it is necessary to criticize the involvement of external agents, such as “Snopes”, in this new application. “It's a left-wing platform, it shouldn't be involved in this,” writes one Twitter user.

Although the mechanism is not yet available in all regions, it will not be long before it becomes widespread. As in other cases, the social network in San Francisco, USA, starts by testing its applications in certain countries and then makes them available to everyone.


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