Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out its Fake News Tool

Facebook Finally Rolls Out 'Disputed News' Tag Everyone Will Dispute Facebook has quietly rolled out its long-awaited solution to fake news
Garry Little | 07 March, 2017, 00:33

Facebook has launched its much-anticipated crackdown on fake news in the United States, tagging as "disputed" stories that are deemed false by fact-checking organisations.

In response to the many shady articles posing as journalism that proliferated across Facebook previous year, the social media giant has presented a new feature that will mark suspicious-looking shared articles.

"We have a responsibility to reduce the spread of fake news on our platform", Adam Mosseri, Facebook's vice president of product development, told The Washington Post at the time.

Finally, fake news is dead.

The tool is not yet available to all Facebook users.

The process for an article circulated on Facebook to be given the "disputed" tag begins when users send in reports regarding the story or if the software that Facebook uses catches the article. Flagged stories can not be promoted or turned into advertisements. Aside from public pressure (and, Zuckerberg's new resolve to create a platform "for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all"), Facebook has little business incentive to police its news feed. This is up from 47 percent in 2013.

Disrupting fake news economics: They are looking into disrupting the economics with ads policies and better ad farm detection. Seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the interest in the presidential election, predatory publishers drove significant traffic to their sites with fake articles on anything from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's supposed ill health to rumors that now-President Donald Trump's tax returns had leaked. In the next box that shows up click "It's a fake news story" and then click "Mark this post as fake news".

Hopefully Facebook will be able to further improve its flagging system in the near future so that it will have a bigger impact on the prevention of fake news in the social network.

While Snopes points out that the website is not a legitimate news outlet, it also notes there is misinformation in the piece.

Facebook has not released information about the tagging system's release in other regions.

"Who are these people that will be deciding what is relevant and what is not to the largest social media site in the world?"

In the end, Facebook's solution seems to be a solid compromise that will leave both fact-checkers and free speech absolutists unsatisfied. The fact-checkers must agree to be nonpartisan and to be transparent about their sources of funding as well as information sources.

Recommended

  • Gorillaz Will Return to the Stage at Their Own Demon Dayz Festival

    Gorillaz Will Return to the Stage at Their Own Demon Dayz Festival

    The Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-created band shared advertisement in today's Metro for the Demon Dayz festival in June. Tickets are from £60 and include access to the amusement park, and are available from Friday, March 10, at 9am.
    TSA pat-downs to get more intrusive for airport travelers

    TSA pat-downs to get more intrusive for airport travelers

    If CNN correspondent Angela Rye's recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more "involved ". The agency does not track how many passengers are subject to these searches after they pass through an imaging scanner.
    Hollande's 'last task' to prevent Le Pen 'threat'

    Hollande's 'last task' to prevent Le Pen 'threat'

    His last task, before leaving the Elysee Palace in mid-May, was to "do everything to ensure France is not taken over" by the far-right.
  • BIRD FLU IS BACK: USDA Burns 73500 Chickens With Avian Flu

    BIRD FLU IS BACK: USDA Burns 73500 Chickens With Avian Flu

    The Asian nation is already facing surging egg prices and has culled nearly 34 million birds amid a domestic bird-flu outbreak. The farm in Tennessee's Lincoln County, along with almost 30 other farms in 6.2 mile radius, has been placed under quarantine.
    Flying today? You need to make sure your flight isn't CANCELLED

    Flying today? You need to make sure your flight isn't CANCELLED

    The lobby group has called for the European Commission and governments to take action to reduce the impact of ATC strikes. The strike, called by the UNSA union, will see 300 flights cancelled on Monday, mostly in southern and western France.
    Militants attack on Pak-Afghan border killed five troops

    Militants attack on Pak-Afghan border killed five troops

    Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa lauded the timely and quick response by Pakistani troops to last night's cross-border attack. Islamabad today alleged that India and Afghanistan are in cahoots to create unrest in Pakistan, Dawn reported .
  • Hammond plans long-term care reform and self-employed tax in Budget

    Hammond plans long-term care reform and self-employed tax in Budget

    The outlook for Britain's economy remains clouded by uncertainty over Brexit which will separate the country from the bloc which buys about half its exports.
    Israel's Cabinet votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use

    Israel's Cabinet votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use

    The proposal has many powerful supporters including Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. The new law comes in part thanks to relaxing drug laws in the USA and around the world.
    Does Michonne 'Say Yes' to Rick in the latest Walking Dead?

    Does Michonne 'Say Yes' to Rick in the latest Walking Dead?

    And as Abe's current love when he was murdered it's really her right to be the one that kills Negan for killing Abe. Even though she's been a regular for several seasons now there's still a lot of her story that has never been told.
  • Zelda Switch vs Wii U Gameplay Comparison

    Zelda Switch vs Wii U Gameplay Comparison

    You could make the argument that Breath of the Wild alone is worth $360, but any console is an investment in the future. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was second on the charts which is a great achievement.
    Germany slams Turkey over 'unacceptable' Nazi jibe

    Germany slams Turkey over 'unacceptable' Nazi jibe

    Authorities have now placed him under arrest on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda, Turkish media group P24 reported . Turkey's Foreign Ministry also summoned the German Ambassador, Martin Erdmann, over the cancellation the meeting.
    Khizr Khan cancels Toronto talk amid alleged USA  review

    Khizr Khan cancels Toronto talk amid alleged USA review

    Kahn planned to talk about his opposition of President Donald Trump and how others can join in in opposition of the new president. Khan immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. "I have not been given any reasons as to why".

Ariana Grande and John Legend release 'Beauty and the Beast' music video Ariana Grande and John Legend release 'Beauty and the Beast' music video Want more stuff like this? It's time, Disney fans, to step into fairytale heaven and re-live the magic of Beauty and the Beast . Plus there are back-up dancers dressed as rose petals, alluding to the movie's enchanted rose, and even a few fireworks.

The whopping amount Mark Hunt got paid for UFC 209 The whopping amount Mark Hunt got paid for UFC 209 Overeem finished him the final round of their three-round bout via KO (knees), which saw Hunt faceplant to the canvas. So, and more to his credit, didn't say one word about it in his interview, and obviously hasn't said it here yet.

Zap Map: Satellite tracks lightning for better heads up Zap Map: Satellite tracks lightning for better heads up It will monitor hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, and even solar flares. The GLM is operating aboard the GOES-16 satellite, which observes Earth from roughly 23,000 miles above the surface.