The Hindu Business Line

Facebook to roll out new tools to tackle fake news

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Facebook Inc said it will roll out a number of new tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on the social media network.

The company will make it easier for users to flag fake articles on their News Feed, and will also work with organisati­ons such as factchecki­ng website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authentici­ty of stories. Facebook said that if the fact-checking organisati­ons identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as “disputed” and there will be a link to the correspond­ing article explaining why.

The company said disputed stories may appear lower in its news feed, adding that once a story is flagged, it cannot be promoted.

Facebook also said it has eliminated the ability of spammers to spoof domain names of real publicatio­ns.

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