Facebook Launches Resource to Help Spot Misleading News

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"It could depend on individual organisations, but we want to engage responsibly and if that means a financial arrangement, we are very open to it", Adam Mosseri, the company's vice-president of product for news feed, was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Lack of evidence, or a reliance on unnamed experts may indicate false news.

Facebook advises users to be skeptical of headlines, look closely at URLs, investigate the source of news, and watch for unusual formatting. Facebook points out that false news stories often carry catchy headlines, sometimes in all caps.

The digital guide Facebook created with MediaSmarts, called How to Recognize False Content Online - the New 5 W's, will be available in both English and French and is a four-page, so-called "tip sheet" on spotting fake news. Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. "Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may just be for fun", the social network advises.

It's worth noting that - as pointed out by TechCrunch - Facebook uses the term "false" instead of "fake" because "fake news" has taken on its own distorted meaning often referring to stories people believe aren't worth reporting on instead of actual apocryphal stories.

Some stories are intentionally false.

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Facebook Inc. spent the months since the USA election grappling with its role in the spread of false information.

Facebook is initially targeting users in the USA, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Myanmar, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, and Canada.

Facebook came into this problem because of the poor news literacy, skepticism and proactive research behavior patterns of the modern news reader. "It's not a new phenomenon, and all of us - tech companies, media companies, newsrooms, teachers - have a responsibility to do our part in addressing it".

"These tips to spot fake news are welcome but do nothing to address that fundamental problem - in fact they put the onus on audiences to be suspicious of what they share, expecting viewers to be fact checkers - rather than acting to stop the spread of potential propaganda in the first place". "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". Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL.

"Some false news is going to make it on to our platform, it's not going to go to zero ..."

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