Facebook launches new tool to help you spot fake news

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Facebook has launched a new tool that helps their users spot fake news.

As of yesterday, there will be a prompt that appears called “How to spot false news” and will offer tips and suggestions about firstly recognising fake news and then stopping their spread.

The social media giant is working in consultation with news literacy and fast-checking organisations so as to create some new guidelines.

The advice includes checking web addresses, looking at the source of the news and checking if there are other similar stories connected to the same topic.

Facebook’s News Feed boss, Adam Mosseri said: “We know people want to see accurate information on Facebook – and so do we.

“False news is harmful to our community, it makes the world less informed, and it erodes trust. It’s not a new phenomenon, and all of us – tech companies, media companies, newsrooms, teachers – have a responsibility to do our part in addressing it.”

The news comes after Mark Zuckerberg was forced to defend the site amidst allegations that fake news could have influenced the result of the US election in November.

“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes,” he said.

“That said, we don’t want any hoaxes on Facebook. Our goal is to show people the content they will find most meaningful, and people want accurate news.

“We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here.”

The social network site said that it was taking greater steps to prevent those from posting fake news from purchasing adverts on the site.

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