In a welcome announcement, Facebook says that it will use third-party sources to fact-check news items on its social media service. It’s a shame they didn’t do this 8 years ago, or 8 months ago.
I had proposed via Twitter, on my Facebook timeline, and my personal web site, that Facebook add “Fake” as an alternative to its existing “Like,” “Love,” “Angry,” and “Sad.” It looks like Facebook is going to implement a variation on my suggestion by adding an “It’s a fake news story” option to their current spam reporting.
- Facebook Details Its New Plan to Combat Fake News Stories – NPR
- Facebook Inches Closer to Fact-Checking Its News – Wall Street Journal