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Facebook amps up its fight against fake news: starts instructing users how to identify fake content, plans to pay fact-checkers

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Facebook amps up its fight against fake news: starts instructing users how to identify fake content, plans to pay fact-checkers

As from today, Facebook users in 14 countries will start seeing a link to a guide that helps them identify fake news and encourages them to report content they believe is false, BuzzFeed reported

The guide includes 10 tips, such as questioning overly catchy headlines and looking carefully at the source URL, as well as keeping an eye on unusual formatting, dates and potentially manipulated photos.

Facebook is also looking into paying third-party fact-checking organisations with which it has partnered in the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands and which verify content on Facebook, the Financial Times reported.

The company is under increasing pressure to address fake news on its platform: earlier this week Germany officially revealed a draft bill that would compel social media companies to quickly remove fake news, hate speech or other criminal content, or face fines of up to €50 million.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-04-07 12:08

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