Mark Zuckerberg yesterday laid out his plan to tackle so-called fake news on Facebook.
“We have a responsibility to make sure Facebook has the greatest positive impact on the world,” he said.
The spread of inaccurate news items through Facebook feeds has been tar- geted by Democrats as having unduly influenced voters in last month’s presidential election.
“Today we’re making it easier to report hoaxes, and if many people report a story, then we’ll send it to third-party fact checking organizations,” Zuckerberg wrote in a posting on the popular social media site.
“If the fact checkers agree a story is a hoax, you’ll see a flag on the story saying it has been disputed, and that story may be less likely to show up in News Feed.”
He said users will still be able to see and share the stories if they so choose. He said the steps will make it less profitable for “spammers” to make money from such stories.
He added: “We’re a new kind of platform for public discourse — and that means we have a new kind of responsibility to enable people to have the most meaningful conversations, and to build a space where people can be informed.”
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