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January 3, 2017

Facebook and others create ways to flag fake news

Essential Question - Why is fake news dangerous?

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  • During the last three months of the presidential campaign, fake or false news headlines generated more engagement on Facebook than true ones.
  • In response, Facebook launched several new tools to flag and dispute what it calls the “worst of the worst” when it comes to fake news.
  • Now, Facebook users can flag fake news stories they see being shared on the platform and will receive a notification before sharing a story found to contain false information.
  • Facebook will also adjust its algorithm so that stories believed to be fake will be seen by less people, decreasing their chance of going viral.
  • Slate has also developed a web browser extension that flags fake news stories and provides a link to a reputable source debunking the false information.

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