Facebook gets tough on fake news and hoaxes

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  • Friday, 23 Dec 2016

The agreement between Facebook's Building 8 and the universities comes as the social media company seeks to find new revenue streams in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, after the company signaled last month it had begun to hit some advertising growth limits on its network of 1.8 billion monthly active users.

KUALA LUMPUR: Facebook is making it easier for users to report hoaxes and fake news.

The social media giant said it was testing out new features on its website, which would allow users to flag news stories they believe were false.

Those stories would then be sent to a third-party fact checker, and the link would be flagged with an alert on Facebook if it was found to contain inaccuracies.

Stories that have been disputed might also appear lower on the Facebook news feed.

Users will also receive an alert if they are about to share a disputed news story.

“It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful. We’re excited about this progress, but we know there’s more to be done.

“We’re going to keep working on this problem for as long as it takes to get it right,” Facebook said in a statement last week.

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