Facebook announced it was offering a tool that will allow users to report fake news, a move aimed at stemming a wave of misinformation which some claim influenced the 2016 US election.
“We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully,” Facebook’s vice president Adam Mosseri said.
“We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third-party organizations.”
Facebook said that it would begin testing system that allows the users to click on a news item if they suspect it is fabrication.
The huge social network Facebook said that it would work with global fact-checking organizations subscribing to the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles.
“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,” Mosseri said. “Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”
Facebook has been under fire for failing to stem a wave of all the fake news, which according to some critics may have helped the election of Republican property tycoon Donald Trump by spreading unfounded negative news about his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Facebook has dismissed the notion that fake news shared on the social network swung the election results but has been stepping up its efforts to weed out clearly false news so Facebook let users to reports the fake news.