Facebook cracks down on fake news articles

There are 1.79 billion users of Facebook and many get their news exclusively from Facebook. Even though so many rely on Facebook for news anyone can write anything they want and pass it off as a real news story. Facebook has planned to crack down on these fake news stories by introducing ways to report and flag fake news. In the past few years many have claimed that Facebook is a news publisher in a way and holds editorial responsibility to ensure accuracy of information yet Facebook has stated it is only a platform for news and not a publisher. The criticism against Facebook for allowing so much fake news to be spread on the platform is what lead to the decision to crack down on misinformation.

sources:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/11/19/how-facebook-plans-crack-down-fake-news/94123842/

http://fortune.com/2016/12/15/facebook-fake-news-crack-down/

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