Facebook has begun flagging fake news. Or as Facebook calls it: "disputed" news.
A warning label is being put on articles that clearly have no basis in fact or reality.
Facebook first promised to roll out a "disputed" tag in December.
Among the disputed offenders that people spotted on Facebook: A fictionalized story, "Trump's Android Device Believed To Be Source of Recent White House Leaks," from a fictional publication, "The Seattle Tribune." The story carried a disputed label with links to fact-checking services that explained why it was not true.
The "disputed" tag is part of Facebook's grand plan to tackle fake news as the company tries to tamp down the controversy over its role in the spread of misinformation that sharpened political divisions and inflamed discourse during and after the presidential election.
How an article gets flagged!
Users can click on the upper right hand corner of a post where the option will be presented. Facebook says its algorithms are also rooting out fake articles.
News articles flagged by users will be sent to third-party fact-checking organizations that are part of Poynter's International Fact Checking Network, Facebook says. If the article is identified as fake by the fact-checking organizations, it will get flagged as "disputed" and there will be a link to an article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed will also get pushed down in News Feed or not seen at all.
Facebook goes one step further and users who try to share a disputed article are asked if they are sure they want to share it.