The reach of stories tagged fake news by Facebook will be decreased by algorithms and they will not be eligible for paid promotion
Do you need a newspaper nanny to help protect you from "fake news" malaise? Well you're getting one anyway.
And who is this nanny? None other than your mainstream media.
Isn't that lovely? Your regime media gets to protect you from stories your regime media doesn't like.
Thanks to one Mark Zuckerberg, a known pro-government liberal weenie.
Zuckerberg is hiring new staff, designing new software and teaming up with ABC News, Associated Press, Snopes, Factcheck.org and Politifact to police our news and our Facebook news feeds.
After all we, the dumb plebeans, need all the protection from information that may lead us to vote the wrong way that our feeble minds can get:
Facebook is going to start fact-checking, labeling, and burying fake news and hoaxes in its News Feed, the company said Thursday.
The decision comes after Facebook received heated criticism for its role in spreading a deluge of political misinformation during the US presidential election, like one story that falsely said the Pope had endorsed Donald Trump.
Starting as a test with a small percentage of its users in the US, Facebook will make it easier to report news stories that are fake or misleading. Once third-party fact-checkers have confirmed that the story is fake, it will be labeled as such and demoted in the News Feed.
A company representative told Business Insider that the social network will also use other signals, like algorithms that detect whether a story that appears fake is going viral, to determine if it should label the story as fake and bury it in people's feeds.
No more viral fake news! If you're saying is not appreciated by those paragons of journalistic integrity at ABC your post is not going to get much traction.
The truly stuborn types can continue to share the story, but there will be numerous warnings to try and convince them otherwise:
If a story is deemed to fail the fact check, it will be publicly flagged as “disputed by 3rd party fact-checkers” whenever it appears on the social network. Users will be able to click on a link to understand why it’s disputed. If a Facebook user then still want to share the story, they’ll get another warning about its reliability.