[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.