Facebook cracks down on fake news with it's new algorithm

Disputed stories will also have their reach adversely affected by Facebook�s algorithm.

Facebook cracks down on fake news with it

In an attempt to curb hoaxes and fake news, Facebook on Thursday announced that it would implement a number of initiatives following intense criticism it received during the presidential election.

However, it’s unclear at this point whether the effort will be successful in combatting the post-truth phenomenon that has plagued the media and audiences in the latter half of 2016.

It has been said that under the new system, users will be able to flag stories that appear on their news feed should they think something about them seems fishy. Then, third-party fact checkers — who right now include PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, Snopes, The Washington Post, and ABC News — will review the stories for accuracy.

Any stories determined to be false will be flagged as “disputed,” along with a link explaining why the story was marked that way. Disputed stories will also have their reach adversely affected by Facebook’s algorithm.

According to a BuzzFeed report earlier this year, the vast majority of fake news stories spread on Facebook in the final months of the election were pro-Trump and anti-Clinton — suggesting there will be more conservative-leaning stories targeted by the new initiatives than liberal.