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Facebook Rolls Out Dispute Warning Vs. Fake News

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by Andrei Medina | Mar 21, 2017
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Facebook is slowly rolling out some changes to combat fake news content that has been growing rampant on their platform following events from the US elections.

According to Quartz, the social media giant recently released a feature where fake news items debunked by independent fact checkers are labeled with a “disputed content” warning.

Quartz was able to test the new feature by posting an article about the supposed Irish slave trade which can be viewed here.

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Apparently, posting a link containing debunked fake news on your wall will generate a disputed content warning before it gets posted.

The warning which comes in a red box with a triangle enclosing an exclamation mark gives some options to read more on why the content you are trying to post was disputed.

A user can opt to ignore this by clicking on the “post anyway” option. However, your post will still have the disputed content warning which will be seen by everyone who views it.


This new feature doesn’t seem to have been rolled out to all Facebook users yet and is only accessible to select users and regions as of now.

Last January, Facebook announced the Journalism Project which is an initiative that aims to curb the reach of fake news.

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The Journalism Project stands on three pillars namely Collaborative development of news products, Training & Tools for Journalists and Training & Tools for Everyone which the new dispute content warning is part of.


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