During the last three months of the presidential campaign, fake or false news headlines actually generated more engagement on Facebook than true ones.Facebook and other social media platforms were criticized for not doing enough to flag or dispute these posts.
      The term 'fake news' is relatively news, you want to draw a distinction between what's fake news and what are just outright lies and conspiracies. There is a distinction. A few years ago if somebody said 'fake news', you wouldn't know necessarily what they are talking about, it came into currency in recent months because of the rise of a particular type of thing, which is a story that's basically made up. It was very popular during the election season for people to make up stories that played to people's political biases. Some people would just make that up. They would publish it and it would get shared widely on Facebook. Since then, the term has become applied--it has become a political football.
      In order to solve these problems, today Facebook lauched several new tools to flag and dispute what it calls the 'worst of the worst' when it comes to clear lies. These tools are essentially embedded in your individual feed. If you suspect a news story is fake, you can report it. It just takes a few taps. Your report helps them track and prevent fake news from spreading.

Last edited by Catherine (2016-12-18 12:30:17)