With the post-election fallout over fake news sites and their impact, Facebook and Google have taken steps to stamping out fake news that manages to make its way into top results and into your news feed.
Recently CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on Facebook to lay out exactly what the company will do to cut down on fake news.
In the statement he says that the company takes misinformation seriously and while they will tackle sites that spread false news, they want to stay true with their original goal of connecting people “with the stories they find most meaningful.” Zuckerberg tied this into people wanting “accurate information.”
The company’s steps to weed out misinformation include stronger detection which sounds vague, but involves improving the how the platform finds what is fake news. This is bolstered by having more sources to fact check the news and making it easier for people who spot fake news to report it.
If the fact checkers flag an article as being a piece of misinformation, Facebook will include disclaimers when they shared. The company will also create a standard of quality for related articles.
Facebook closed by saying “Some of these ideas will work well, and some will not. But I want you to know that we have always taken this seriously, we understand how important the issue is for our community and we are committed to getting this right.”
Of the mentioned methods it looks as though the fact checkers and having a disclaimer on articles based on that fact checking might prove the most effective in helping Facebook flush out and sink false news on the site, but we’ll have to wait and see what methods presented prove effective.