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Facebook Dumps disputed Flags on Fake News

Facebook Dumps disputed Flags on Fake News”

Facebook launched disputed flags in December 2016. Well it seems that was a mistake, too, because now Facebook is doing away with the disputed tags.

After getting dragged around the time of the general election, Facebook has spent much of this year taking steps to combat the spread of misinformation on its site.

While satire and fake news aren't exactly new, the rise of social media means that spreading misinformation around can be a lot quicker and could to complications, especially if people start believing everything they read. Previously anything that was suspected to being fake would be marked with disputed flags.

"We've found that when we show related articles next to a false news story, it leads to fewer shares than when the disputed flag is shown", wrote Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons.

Facebook wrote in two explanatory blog posts that it would drop the "disputed" tag and provide contextual information next to fake news through its existing "Related articles" feature.

They also discovered that sometimes flagging an article as disputed could actually further entrench a person's belief. "Some of our fact-checking partners use a range of ratings".

"We have a generation of people that are so anti-establishment and sceptical of evidence-based news, we need regulation of the type imposed on broadcasters since they first emerged".

In a joint Medium post published Wednesday, three Facebook engineers - product designer Jeff Smith, user experience researcher Grace Jackson, and content strategist Seetha Raj - said they had learned from experience, and claimed that reducing false news is now a top priority. He has reported for Advertising Age, Adweek and Direct Marketing News. He has also developed tools to monitor brands' early adoption of live-streaming apps, compare Yahoo's and Google's search designs and examine the NFL's YouTube and Facebook video strategies.



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