Facebook has finally decided to act after the social media site became a target of heavy criticism for apparently being a platform where fake news and hoaxes get spread and in turn misinform netizens.
To do this, Facebook teamed up with the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network.
Together, they developed a tool that will flag reported posts that their fact checkers find as either a hoax or fake news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveals.
“We have a responsibility to make sure Facebook has the greatest positive impact on the world. This update is just one of many steps forward, and there will be more work beyond this,” Zuckerberg said.
Flagged posts will be marked with a notice saying the story has been disputed by Facebook’s partner. It will also show a link that will direct you to the organization that debunked the fake news item.
Flagged posts will also be ranked lower in news feeds which means that you are less likely to encounter them once they have been reviewed and flagged by Facebook’s partners.
Aside from this, users who share flagged stories will first be notified regarding the questionable content of the post they are about to share before they are able to do so.
Here’s Zuckerberg’s full statement on the issue.