Facebook has been one of the biggest social media platforms used by anyone; who wants to get their message across. While the social media site allowed these information to be featured for free, the giant company is now working on sifting through news deemed false and nuisance. According to recent news online, Facebook will put technology to test in determining whether news posted on the site is fake or not.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will not do the fact checking. He said ?We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties.? In a blog post by Facebook VP Adam Mosseri, he said ?We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations.If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.”
In detail, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook will report flagged news on the site to third party fact checkers. If all of these fact checkers prove the news is fake, Facebook will demote the news. But first; they will denote it as ?Disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers?.
Statement from Facebook
According to Mosseri, this new rule from Facebook will not restrict users from posting news on the site; regardless of how fake it is. But he also warn users that fake news will be accompanied by a dispute flag. ?You will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share.?
While Zuckerberg believed fake news did not tilt the result of the U.S elections last month; he also addressed the issue of fake news, saying the company does not tolerate misinformation.
Meanwhile, ?the chairman of Germany?s Social Democratic Party; Thomas Oppermann, suggested companies like Facebook to set their own satellite offices in every country they exist. This is to strengthen their campaign to track fake news that seem to appear daily. German legislators also planned on imposing a fine on the social media sitefor every fake news they fail to delete within 24 hours.