Facebook’s ‘Disputed News’ Shows Intent But Does Not Solve The Fake News Problem | Karol Severin | Pulse | LinkedIn
Posted on: 8 mars 2017, by : Basile

Last week Facebook started to roll out a feature which allows users to flag content as ‘disputed’, in a bid to mitigate the circulation of fake news on the site. Stories flagged by users will then be passed onto Facebook’s partner fact-checking organizations, which are signatories to the Poynter’s international fact-checking code of principles. If the reviewing partners agree that a story is fake, it will be labelled with a ‘Disputed News’ tag and appear lower in the news feed. Users will get a reminder before sharing such links.

Why this commendable initiative only works on a PR level

While Facebook’s efforts in contributing to the solution of this growing problem are appreciated, scepticism remains around the tangible results this initiative can deliver: 

Facebook’s help page states that fact checkers will be signatories of the non-partisan Poynter Code of Principles. While Poynter acknowledges this on its site, it is quick to remind readers that this is just a minimum requirement for Facebook’s fact-checking partners. The final verdict on who gets approved as a fact-checking partner remains fully in Facebook’s hands.

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