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Facebook logo is displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F, in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Facebook launched its plans to combat fake news by identifying 'disputed' articles


In response to criticisms that Facebook played a role in spreading  misinformation, such as a false story that claimed Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump, as well as for creating filter bubbles that removed sensitive, but real, videos from people's news feeds, the social media platform quietly rolled out on Friday its plan to identify fake news. According to Facebook's revised policies, certain stories will be marked as "disputed" if independent third-party fact checkers find the story to be fake under the non-partisan Poynter Code of Principles.

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Facebook implements its fake news policy

Here's a screen grab of Facebook's new policy to counter fake news.

A tiny orange icon will alert users of fake news.

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Facebook implements its fake news policy

From what it appears, Facebook's fake news policy puts the burden on users to report questionable content. 

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