Facebook is going to use Snopes and other fact-checkers to combat and bury ‘fake news’

I’m sure we can trust Facebook to be accurate and unbiased. Really. Seriously.

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From Yahoo: 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.

To combat fake news, Facebook has teamed up with a shortlist of media organizations, including Snopes and ABC News, that are part of an international fact-checking network led by Poynter, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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.


“We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations,” Facebook News Feed chief Adam Mosseri said in a company blog post on Thursday.


A team of Facebook researchers will also review website domains and send sites that appear to be fake or spoofed (like “washingtonpost.co”) to third-party fact-checkers, a Facebook representative said. Of the 42 news organizations that have committed to Poynter’s fact-checking code of ethics, Facebook is starting out with the following four: Snopes, Factcheck.org, ABC News, and PolitiFact. The Associated Press will also be a fact-checking partner.

“We are only involved to the extent that Facebook relies on the list of signatories to our code of principles as a starting point for the organizations it chooses to verify,” a Poynter representative told Business Insider. “Facebook is the only organization certifying third party fact-checkers on its platform.”

Facebook has given its four initial fact-checking partners access to a tool that will let them label stories in the News Feed as fake, a Facebook spokesperson said. The person said Facebook is not paying the organizations to fact-check.

The websites that Facebook determines to be fake news organizations or spoofed domains will also not be able to sell ads on the social network. Owners of fake-news sites can make thousands of dollars per month through internet ads.

Facebook has repeatedly said that it’s not a media company, but rather an open technology platform that relies on media publishers and its users to share accurate information.

“We do not think of ourselves as editors,” Patrick Walker, Facebook’s head of media partnerships, said during a recent journalism conference in Dublin. “We believe it’s essential that Facebook stay out of the business of deciding what issues the world should read about. That’s what editors do.”


23 responses to “Facebook is going to use Snopes and other fact-checkers to combat and bury ‘fake news’

  1. Like asking a fox to protect the hen house,

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  2. Screw Facebook and Snopes. Don’t trust either and don’t like this Communist state-run media type ploy.

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  3. Facebook is really sneaky, and this proves it even more.

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  5. Every one get off of Face Book! Snopes are 2 weasels working in a basement. What makes them the last word on TRUTH. They are a subsidiary of the Fake Stream Media–SMH and LOL! Don’t people ever learn?

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  6. Who in their right mind would go to facebook for real news?

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  7. Facebook needs to be challenged. Its a bad joke.

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  8. Yeah, well, I call BS. FB is Leftist-controlled Cyberspace, hands down.

    Many moons ago, I used to be a heavy user of FB, and indeed, POéd the Leftists so much, they made (I sh !t thee not) webpages devoted to my outrageous, UN-PC posts. In other words, my task and function was to be the pin of Truth to pop their balloons of BS. Many Leftist / homosexual / SJW / Precious Snowflake’s heads exploded, like on SCANNERS, in response to my responses to their Leftist lies and propaganda.

    But it didn’t end there.

    KLAVAN ON THE CULTURE has a great video he’s posted on the Leftist Modus Operandi, called SHUT UP! (banning, threats, pink bricks through windows, lawsuits, etc.. ), and true to form, Leftists — who could not respond to my truth on the merits, did what they have done to many Americans’ posts — click-stormed them as ‘flagged,’ or even complained to the moderators, and said posts, and even webpages, were stuffed down the Memory Hole.

    Successful warfighters have always counseled the wise to fight on their strengths, and on your chosen ground.

    FACEBOOK is Leftist ground, and as long as you are not in control of the ban hammer, but a Leftist is, it will be a fools errand to post there.

    The Internet is big, so, even though I was struck down, I became even more powerful than Darth Tranny could ever imagine.

    Short answer — don’t bother with FB.

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  9. Well, that should work quite nicely, don’t you think?

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