Facebook tries to combat fake news
August 4, 2017
Social media giant Facebook is increasing its efforts to battle fake news by sending more suspected hoax stories to fact-checkers and publishing their findings online. It follows mounting criticism of the social media service for not doing enough to identify fake news on its platform.
Facebook has also rolled out a new feature in four countries (initially the US, the Netherlands, Germany and France) that will publish alternative news links beneath questionable articles.
Facebook has faced heavy criticism for being one of the main distributors of fake news, which many believe influenced the 2016 US presidential election.