Fight the Fake News With … Facebook (FB)
A lot of people get their news from social media these days, and there is no bigger (or more profitable) social media entity than Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).
Facebook already has struck against fake news by using machine learning to take down fake accounts, limiting ad buys by more nefarious “news” sources and using third parties to help fact-check news, among other initiatives.
The social media platform has made another move of late, announcing last week that it rolling out “Related Articles” that will appear below news links to stories that are either garnering a lot of interest, or that Facebook suspects could be fake news (i.e., stories that have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners).
The “Related Articles” section will populate links to additional reporting on a given topic, which Facebook says is an attempt to provide different viewpoints.