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Facebook Begins Flagging Fake News

  • Re/code, Monday, March 6, 2017 9 AM
Facebook has been putting "disputed" tags on fake news. For example, a made-up story by The Seattle Tribune that Donald Trump's mobile device was source of White House leaks. The problem? The Seattle Tribune is not a real newspaper -- it's a satirical Web site!  The "disputed" tag, rather than an outright dismissal of the story, illustrates how softly the social network is dealing with the subject.

How does Facebook arrive at its conclusions? Either a Facebook user flags a story or the company's software catches something off. Then it's sent to organizations that have offered to fact-check, such as Snopes or Politifacts, to determine truth or falsehood.

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