Facebook’s Ten Commandments to fights fake news
Social media giant Facebook has offered “tips for spotting false news” as part of its campaign to combat spread of misinformation. In a full-page advertisement in sections of print media, Facebook offered the tips, along with the tagline: “Together, we can limit the spread of false news. In recent years, especially after the last year’s US elections and Brexit referendum, cyberspace – independent websites, blogs and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter – have been awash with mischievous postings masquerading as news and tilting public opinion at will. The mainstream media too have often fallen prey and given authenticity to false news. The ten tips for spotting false news are: be sceptical of headlines; look closely at the URL; investigate the source; watch for unusual formatting; consider the photos; inspect the dates; check the evidence; look at other reports; is the story a joke; and some stories are intentionally false.