Facebook targets fake news by providing more info on publishing sources


"So we're making it easier to learn more about an article right in your Facebook newsfeed", Andrew Anker, Facebook's Product Management Director for News, said in a video explaining the update. The information panel is an effort to help Facebook users determine the credibility of the publisher by providing more information about its history.

Facebook says that providing this level of contextual information about articles shared in News Feed will help its users evaluate whether the articles are from a publisher they trust and whether the story itself is credible.

In addition to the Wikipedia entry, users will get trending and related content, and details on how the article is being shared. Together, this could show people alternate takes on the same news bite, which might dispute the original article or provide more perspective.

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Senator Mark Warner, a member of the intelligence committee, said that "it's important that the three companies that we've invited - Google, Twitter, and Facebook - will appear in a public hearing" to testify on how they will curb misinformation and manipulation. On clicking the "i" (information) button users will see relevant information either from Facebook or from external sources. "This work reflects feedback from our community, including publishers who collaborated on the feature development as part of the Facebook Journalism Project" says Su.

This is just the latest feature Facebook rolled out to fight fake news.

Facebook believes that by showing the information button it will be able to stop spreading of false and fake news on social media. That could hurt innocent news publishers, as well as reducing clicks to Facebook's ads.