Facebook tries to combat fake news

Facebook Related Articles

Facebook Related Articles

Facebook says its objective with Related Articles and updated machine learning tech is to offer users more context on the validity of a story they see in their feed.

Also, Facebook said its machine learning algorithm has improved its efficiency, meaning it will now send more potential false news to fact-checkers.

The feature is now being more broadly rolled out within the U.S. and will be extended to Germany, France and the Netherlands.

"We don't want to be and are not the arbiters of the truth", Facebook News Feed integrity product manager Tessa Lyons told TechCrunch.

Facebook is to double down on its practice of forwarding suspect news item to third-party fact checkers, who will be able to display their own take on events below the dubious article, as it ramps up efforts to tackle 'fake news'.

Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold despite inflation fears
The MPC now predicts investment in 2020 to be 20 percentage points lower than what it had forecast before the referendum. Consumer spending will "remain subdued throughout the next three years", the MPC said, dragging on the economy.

The social networking company first began testing those related articles and links with a subset of its audience this spring and said on Thursday that those tests have proven successful.

According to Su, the linked articles will offer users different perspectives than ones they just read, but will not state that a particular article is a false news.

And if any mistakes are made - like if a politically-charged story is wrongly flagged as a hoax, or if Facebook accidentally recommends fake news - Facebook can now more easily shift blame to a glitch or a third-party.

After initially arguing that fake news on Facebook could have played a role in the election, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg decided the company should prioritize having informed users.

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