Facebook announced plans on Thursday to filter the spread of "fake news" on its website.
Goodbye, fake news
Facebook said on Thursday that it will start flagging "the worst of the worst" hoaxes guised as real news that is shared on the site. Critics slammed the social network for underestimating the impact fake news may have had on the 2016 election.
"We're committed to doing our part," said Facebook Vice President of Product Development Adam Mosseri in a post announcing the move. "It's important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful."
Just sitting here refreshing Facebook in hopes I get the button to report news as fake.— Aimee [sic] (@ProbablyAimee) December 15, 2016
How it works:
When Facebook users attempt to post a story that's been flagged, they'll get a pop-up notification saying, "Before you share this story, you might want to know that independent fact-checkers disputed its accuracy."
If the user opts to go ahead, the post will still appear on their friends' feeds, but it will be tagged with red signal that reads, "Its veracity is in dispute with a link to a fact checker's debunking," according to POLITICO.
Here's an example of what the warning labels will look like for users.
Facebook has teamed up with the likes of Poynter & FactCheck.org to fight fake news.