How To Stop Rumors from SPREADING – #CoronaVirus #FACEBOOKstrategy

Apr 3, 2020

Facebook has an automatic system in place to deal with “damaging” rumors! And this article is there because it felt so interesting, genuine and efficient.

How is Facebook addressing false news through third-party fact-checkers? 

We’re committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook. We use both technology and human review to remove fake accounts, promote news literacy and disrupt the financial incentives of spammers. In certain countries, we also work with third-party fact-checkers who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network to help identify and review false news.

Reducing the Distribution of False News

  • Identifying false news: we identify news that may be false using signs like feedback from people on Facebook. Fact-checkers may also identify stories to review on their own.
  • Reviewing stories: fact-checkers will review stories, check their facts, and rate their accuracy.
  • Showing false stories lower in News Feed: if a fact-checker rates a story as false, it will appear lower in News Feed. This significantly reduces the number of people who see it.
  • Taking action against repeat offenders: Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news will see their distribution reduced and their ability to advertise removed.

Providing More Information if you See False News

  • Providing more context on false news: when fact-checkers write articles with more information about a story, you’ll see them in Related Articles immediately below the story in your News Feed
  • Notifying people when they’ve shared false news: you’ll receive a notification if you try to share a story or have shared one in the past that’s been rated false by fact-checkers. Page Admins will also be notified if they share stories rated false.

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(No notice of removal from Facebook when sharing this information to your circle of friends!)


Giving You More Tools to Identify and Give Feedback on False News

  • Learn how to spot false news. Knowing what to look out for can help you make more informed decisions about what to read, trust, and share.
  • Provide feedback on stories you think are false. Let us know if you think a story is false. This is one of the signs we use when trying to identify false news.


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