Facebook changes strategy to combat false news
In the last time, the Facebook team has tried different tools and strategies to combat the false news that is published and share its platform.
For example, they have partnered with different organizations to review the veracity of the news that is shared, taking into account a series of verification facts.
And as part of this dynamic, users were alerted if a story was false, marking it as “disputed”, with a red flag as seen in the image:
However, after analyzing other factors and studying user behavior, they concluded that this function was counterproductive.
On the one hand, it demanded that users have to consult the additional information that was shown in the warning, to know why the news was classified as false. A process that not all users were willing to perform.
And on the other hand, the fact-checking system could not always be applied in the right way, due to a number of factors. As a result, misinformation remained the problem, as they could not provide users with the right context to evaluate for themselves the reasons that questioned the truth of the news.
With this in mind, Facebook decided that it will no longer use indicators to identify false news (with red flags), but will provide context to users with Related Articles.
And of course, this new dynamic will continue to take into account fact verifiers, but with a new perspective, in an impartial manner, and trusting the criteria of the users.
We can read more details of this change in the following link .