Nov 7, 2017

Facebook's fake news experiment backfires

A Facebook test that promoted comments containing the word fake to the top of news feeds has been criticised by users. It meant feeds from the BBC, the Economist, the New York Times and the Guardian all began with a comment mentioning the word fake. "Clearly Facebook is under enormous pressure to tackle the problem of fake news, but to question the veracity of every single story is preposterous," said Jen Roberts, a freelance PR consultant. Facebook has been under enormous pressure to deal with the issue of fake news since it was singled out as one of the main distribution points for hoax stories during the US presidential election. In August it promised to step up its efforts to fight fake news by sending more suspected false stories to fact-checkers.

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