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Facebook to step up fact-checking in fight against fake news

Facebook says it will start using updated machine learning to detect fake news and show the findings below the original post

Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 US presidential election. Photo: ReutersPremium
Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 US presidential election. Photo: Reuters

Berlin: Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world’s largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news.

The company said in a statement on its website it will start using updated machine learning to detect possible hoaxes and send them to fact checkers, potentially showing fact-checking results under the original article.

Facebook has been criticised as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 US presidential election.

The issue has also become a big political topic in Europe, with French voters deluged with false stories ahead of the presidential election in May and Germany backing a plan to fine social media networks if they fail to remove hateful postings promptly, ahead of elections there in September.

On Thursday Facebook said in a separate statement in German that a test of the new fact-checking feature was being launched in the United States, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

“In addition to seeing which stories are disputed by third-party fact checkers, people want more context to make informed decisions about what they read and share," said Sara Su, Facebook news feed product manager, in a blog.

She added that Facebook would keep testing its “related article" feature and work on other changes to its news feed to cut down on false news. Reuters

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Published: 03 Aug 2017, 06:35 PM IST
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