Facebook to label news it doesn’t like as ‘fake,’ and hide it from users

Facebook to label news it doesn’t like as ‘fake,’ and hide it from users
Duel of the Big Lies.

[Ed. – That’s the upshot of what will happen, given the number of instances in which Facebook’s new “fact-checkers” have mislabeled other people’s analysis and conclusions — which may be disputed — as literally “false news.”  Doing this is a classic propaganda move, and Facebook will be engaging in it as POLICY.]

Facebook is going to start fact-checking, labeling, and burying fake news and hoaxes in its News Feed, the company said Thursday.

The decision comes after Facebook received heated criticism for its role in spreading a deluge of political misinformation during the US presidential election, like one story that falsely said the Pope had endorsed Donald Trump.

To combat fake news, Facebook has teamed up with a shortlist of media organizations, including Snopes and ABC News, that are part of an international fact-checking network led by Poynter, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Starting as a test with a small percentage of its users in the US, Facebook will make it easier to report news stories that are fake or misleading.

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