(KKTV) - Is Donald Trump in jail? Did a kitten really save a school bus full of children as it was plummeting off a cliff in the Rocky Mountains? "Fake news" and hoaxes plague the internet and one of the largest social media sites is trying to fight back.
Facebook recently unveiled a plan to address the issues of false information disguised as a factual news story. The plan includes four areas.
1. Easier reporting. Facebook is trying out several ways to make it easier for users to report a hoax if you see one on the social media site.
2. Flagging stories as "disputed". The site has partnered with a third-party fact checking group. If the group, Poynter's International Fact Checking Cod of Principles, identifies a story as fake it will be flagged as disputed. Stories that have been flagged may appear lower in News Feed. Users will still be able to see the stories, but they'll see a warning the the story has been "disputed"
3. Informed Sharing. Facebook found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way. The social media site is going to test incorporating this signal into ranking, specifically for articles that are outliers, where people who read the article are significantly less likely to share it.
4. Disrupting financial incentives for spammers. On the buying site Facebook says it has eliminated the ability to spoof domains. Facebook is also analyzing publisher sites to find out if policy enforcement actions are necessary.