Facebook started flagging fake news posts and promoting legitimate content rather than sketchy articles. When research showed that, of over 50 posts individually shared per day included misinformation and sensationalism, It began to deprioritize such content. All these kicked off in a bid to curb the spread of fake news as people can easily be mislead because of it.
The company will now in its most recent attempt to fix the problem and block pages that circulate false news from advertizing on the site.
According to Facebook, If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertize on facebook.
The site also just began to publish “fact checkers” which takes on contents marked as potentially fake and makes it easier to get to different articles related to a given post.
Although Facebook has already banned fake news websites from generating ad revenue on their site and block ads, the company also says that its latest update is equipped to fight fake news even a step further.
Today’s update helps to disrupt the economic incentives and curb the spread of false news, which is another step towards building a more informed community on Facebook.
So before the update gets to you if it hasn’t yet, try to confirm as much information as you can before sharing so that others don’t get mislead.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.