Facebook is in the negative light since November 8th and it’s for the right reasons. An unprecedented amount of fake news dominated the news feeds of the social site months up to the election of 2016. CEO of FB Mark Zuckerberg first denied the allegations but now he has taken steps to do something about it. Through both curation and automation, Facebook started to scrub BS content, and also the social site started hitting the fake news sites in the wallet. This Sunday Facebook introduced another method to fight fake news. A new user-reporting feature is introduced that specifically calls out fake news for what it is.
“It’s a false news story”
Now, when a user reports a post in their timeline (after selecting “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook” option), they are able to select “It’s a false news story” from the subsequent screen. Notice that it is specifically differentiated from the “It goes against my views” option namely because facts and your opinions are not interchangeable, regardless of how strongly you believe in either.
This step taken by Facebook is actually common by this social media giant. They have taken similar steps to stop the selling of illicit items like guns on the website by giving power to the user to self-police their liked pages. Hopefully, this new step will help decrease the number of fake news being circulated.