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Facebook takes another step to limit Fake News

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In yet another step to combat disinformation on the platform, Facebook is taking an important step to limit the pages that usually spread fake news.

If you try to like following such a page, you will see a pop-up informing you that the page “repeatedly shares false information” and that “independent fact checkers said that the information is false”. You will then have the option to return to the previous page or follow the page in any way.

There will also be a “learn more” link that will provide some more information about why this page was labeled as such, as well as another “learn more” link that will provide more information about Facebook’s fact-checking program.

Facebook takes another step to limit Fake News

The company also said it would increase penalties for individual Facebook accounts that repeatedly share incorrect information, in the sense that other users will see less information about them in their News Feed.

Finally, Facebook redesigned the notifications that appear when users share content that the Fact-checks have labeled as fake. The notification will now include the fact checker article that explains why the information is misleading, along with the option to share that article. Users will also be notified that posts from users who share fake news repeatedly will be placed lower in the News Feed, making it less likely that other users will see it.

Facebook takes another step to limit Fake News

In the past two years, Facebook has introduced a series of measures to combat misinformation on the platform. This includes introducing message forwarding limits on Messenger, encouraging users to read an article before sharing it, putting warning labels on fake news and – most famously – blocking Donald Trump from using the platform. Despite these efforts, the company still has a long way to go before it can say that it really got rid of the fake news.

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