Facebook Cleaning Up Fake News Stories From Your Newsfeed – Finally

January 22, 2015  |  

We’ve all fallen for clickbait stories that turned out to be completely false at one time or another. We’re scrolling through our Facebook news feed and see an outrageous headline that seems almost too crazy to be true. But it has a headline, a summary and  looks super official. On top of that, one of your good friends shared it so it must be true right?

Well it turns out that far too often fake news stories published on hoax/fake news sites spread far and wide through Facebook’s news feed and Facebook is finally taking action against these posts.

You can report these stories similar to the way you report spam Facebook announced in a Newsroom post by one of their software engineers:

“Hoaxes are a form of News Feed spam that includes scams (“Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee”), or deliberately false or misleading news stories (“Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah”). People often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked. These types of posts also tend to receive lots of comments from friends letting people know this is a hoax, and comments containing links to hoax-busting websites. In fact, our testing found people are two times more likely to delete these types of posts after receiving such a comment from a friend.”

The update relies on users to report the story as a hoax and after a certain amount of users do so, a message will appear on top of the story to warn users before they click it. The change will not have an impact on satirical news sites that are clearly identified as satire.

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