Facebook rolls out 'disputed tag' to crackdown on fake news

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These are then flagged up to third party fact-checkers such as Snopes and Politifact to assess, with the disputed label being applied only if two or more fact checkers agree.

-Facebook unveiled its highly anticipated "disputed news" tag Friday, allowing some users to flag stories that appear to contain false information, alerting readers and potentially making them less likely to click through to the content.

But, of course, a Fake News label could be considered too blunt a tool. All fact-checkers are signatories of the "code of principles" prepared by journalism non-profit organization Poynter. However, the section noted that this feature is not yet available to everyone.

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"We have a responsibility to reduce the spread of fake news on our platform", Adam Mosseri, Facebook's vice president of product development, told The Washington Post at the time.

The flagging system is not a ideal one, but it shows that Facebook is least trying to do something about the problem. They will also assign "disputed" tags on stories that have been reported by the majority of the users as false.

Facebook has launched the new disputed tag for fake news stories. Bending to pressure, the site announced in late 2016 a series of initiatives that it would take to deal with its fake news problem.

Disrupting fake news economics: They are looking into disrupting the economics with ads policies and better ad farm detection. While the labeling the tag "disputed" will help alarm those to suspicious stories, the label isn't quite the same as giving the label "fake".

While Facebook's latest effort is certainly appreciated by some news consumers, others are skeptical, believing that the company's actions amount to arbitrary and unjustifiable censorship. The principals include nonpartisanship and transparency in sourcing and funding. The added scrutiny that will go along with the "disputed" label could make users more conscious of which news articles are phony and which are legitimate.