Facebook’s New Feature: Fake News

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Source: NY Times

Facebook has been in trouble with the recent news that the social network website publishes fake news. There was a survey done on Facebook for its users to define what they think is the most important reason why they disagree that Facebook is “good for the world,” and one of the answers said that Facebook has too much fake information and too many fake people. This led to people believing that Facebook is putting out fake news.

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Source: BuzzFeed

 

CEO Mark Zuckerberg does state that more than 99 percent of Facebook is “authentic,” but the guarantee that the information is authentic must be done through internal research that is not publicly available for people to validate its truthfulness. People say the fake news “influenced the election,” but Zuckerberg does not believe this because 99 percent of the content is true.

The company now says that it will not allow fake news sites to advertise on its website, but that does not stop the criticism of the use of fake news on the website. Facebook allowed non-credible news sources to advertise on the website and that makes the world’s most used social media network look greedy, untrustworthy, and unreliable.

Although it is easy to spot if news is fake, many people do not want to take the time to check if news is fake while on Facebook because many people trust this website’s sources. Now people are going to question every advertised source on their Facebook news feed because of this incident.

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Source: TheWebNext

Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team needs to take this more seriously if they do not want to lose their users. It may be hard to think that Facebook could lose its users, but Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election because people thought she was untrustworthy because of her deleted emails, and no one thought she would lose, so it is possible for people to stop using Facebook if they find it untrustworthy.

Sources for information: TheWebNext and Poynter

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2 thoughts on “Facebook’s New Feature: Fake News

  1. Facebook can’t exactly prevent users from going to fake news sites and sharing links to what appears on them, any more than it can prevent them from sharing news from partisan sites (e.g. HuffPo or Brietbart) and nonpartisan ones (e.g. WaPo, NYT). The issue that has caused controversy for Facebook is (1) Facebook is the premier outlet for people to promote such news and links to it; and (2) such sharing is amplified by Facebook’s algorithms to show people content that they can be expected to like and share further themselves.

    As in this guy:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook-fake-news-writer-i-think-donald-trump-is-in-the-white-house-because-of-me/?tid=sm_tw

    So you get completely made up stories that go viral, such as the one that falsely claimed Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump (and was shared a million times. Yes, 1 million.) This is a huge problem for the news ecosystem, but it does not have an easy answer.

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