Facebook today announced the steps it will take to remedy the spread of viral fake news that has infected the billion-plus user network. A group of bipartisan fact-checkers, collectively called the Poynter International Fact-Checking Network, will be tasked with keeping the world's news feed full of facts instead of hoaxes.
Here's how the system will work, as described in a report by Nancy Scola at Politico:
Under the new system, when Facebook users attempt to post a story that Poynter-affiliated fact checkers have rebutted, they'll get a pop-up saying, "Before you share this story, you might want to know that independent fact-checkers disputed its accuracy." If the user opts to go ahead, the post will still appear on their friends' News Feeds, but it will be tagged with red danger-style signal indicating its veracity is in dispute -- with a link to a fact checker's debunking.
Mark Zuckerberg explained his stance on the fake news problem in a post on Thursday:
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