Universe strikes back: Facebook finds ‘fake news’ label causes users to share items MORE

Universe strikes back: Facebook finds ‘fake news’ label causes users to share items MORE
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[Ed. – You gotta admit, that’s some funny, right there.  Come to think of it, anyone who’s had children could tell you that’s exactly what would happen.]

Facebook decided to ditch its “fake news” warnings on articles after the warnings prompted even more users to share the flagged stories, however, the platform has created new features to crack down on what it deems to be “fake news.”

TechCrunch reported that the red “fake news” warnings caused people to share the flagged articles even more, prompting the platform to replace the feature with a “related articles” section instead which provides alternative articles on the subject.

However, Facebook is also adding additional features to crack down on “fake news,” including a system which will make “fake news” links smaller and “real news” links bigger.

“First, rather than call more attention to fake news, Facebook wants to make it easier to miss these stories while scrolling. …”

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