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Facebook now warns you about sites that constantly share fake news

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As a further step to combat misinformation on the platform, Facebook calls up pages that keep spreading fake news.

If you try to like a page like this, you will see a pop-up stating that the page “repeatedly shared incorrect information” and that “independent fact-checkers thought the information was incorrect”. You then have the option to return to the previous page or to follow the page anyway.

There will also be a “More Info” link that will provide more information on why this page has been marked as such, as well as another “More Info” link that will provide more information on Facebook’s fact checking program.


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The company also said it would increase penalties on individual Facebook accounts that repeatedly share misinformation, in the sense that other users will see less of it on their news feed.

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Finally, Facebook redesigned the notifications that appear when users share content that fact checkers have found incorrect. The notification now includes the fact checker article explaining why the post is misleading and the option to share that article. Users are also informed that posts from users who repeatedly share fake news will be placed lower in the newsfeed, making them less likely to be seen by other users.

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In the past few years, Facebook has implemented a number of measures to combat misinformation on the platform. These include imposing restrictions on message forwarding on Messenger, encouraging users to read an article before sharing it, placing warnings about fake messages, and most famously, blocking Donald Trump from using the platform. Despite these efforts, the company still has a long way to go before it can say it really got rid of fake news.

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