Update: Facebook announces plan to combat fake news
Responding to criticism after the US presidential election that Facebook acts as a hotbed of fake news, the social network Thursday released plans to start fact-checking, labeling, and demoting fake news and hoaxes in users' News Feeds.
The company is teaming up with the likes of Snopes, ABC News, and the Associated Press, along with an international fact-checking organization, to let users report misleading or fake stories until those stories are confirmed by the third-party fact-checkers.
If established as fake, stories will be labeled as such and demoted in Facebook’s News Feed algorithm.
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