Friday, 16 December 2016

Facebook will outsource fact-checking to fight fake news

After facing months of criticism, Facebook has announced a plan to combat a small subset of misleading information. Adam Mosseri, Facebook's VP of News Feed, announced on Thursday that the company would be releasing some new features to eliminate what he calls "the worst of the worst," or "the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain."

The problems for Facebook began earlier this year when the company fired its editorial news staff, replacing dozens of humans with algorithms designed to surface trending news in an objective way. Immediately, fake news began inundating the trending news module. But the problem goes beyond trending news. Facebook previously admitted that scammers have bought Facebook ads designed to look like links to real news (the company no longer allows this practice). Mosseri says scammers have also used URL redirects to make it look like their fake news came from legitimate news sites.

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