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Saturday 23 September 2017

Facebook introducing tools to help users spot fake news on their News Feed

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Facebook is introducing measures to help their users spot fake news on the social media platform.

In a newsroom post, Adam Mosseri, VP, News Feed at Facebook said that they were aware that people want to see accurate information.

"False news and hoaxes are harmful to our community and make the world less informed. All of us have a responsibility to curb the spread of false news,"  he said.

Facebook have been looking at three main ways to target this growing issue which include disrupting economic incentives (because most false news is financially motivated), building new products to curb the spread of false news; and helping users make more informed decisions when they encounter false news.

Working in consultation with non-profit group First Draft, an educational tool to help people spot false news is being rolled out for a few days to people on Facebook in 14 countries.

Ireland currently does not have access to this feature.

"News Feed is a place for authentic communication," said Mosseri.

"Improving news literacy is a global priority, and we need to do our part to help people understand how to make decisions about which sources to trust.

"False news runs counter to our mission to connect people with the stories they find meaningful. We will continue working on this, and we know we have more work to do".

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