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Facebook is working against users repeatedly sharing false content

Facebook users are going to receive a notification if they are interacting with content that got a rating from the platform's fact-checking system.
Facebook is working against users repeatedly sharing false content
Facebook has assigned fact-checkers to review information (Screen capture from Facebook Help Centre)

Facebook is fighting the spread of false information through fact-checkers

Social media apps like Facebook are promoting accurate information since they know that people rely on them for awareness. The company perceives harm from false content since it makes people less informed and it destroy trust.

For that reason, Facebook is introducing new ways to inform users about false or misleading content. In select countries, the platform also hired independent fact-checkers who are certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network. These fact-checkers can help identify and review false information.

Through this fact-checking, users will see a pop-up message if they like one of the pages which are identified as sources of inaccurate information. After that,  Facebook will ask you whether you want to follow the Page or Go back. 

In addition to this, the social media giant is broadening penalties for individual Facebook accounts that spread false information. It further explains its strategy on a blogpost,

We're launching new ways to inform people if they’re interacting with content that’s been rated by a fact-checker. We’ve taken stronger action against Pages, Groups, Instagram accounts, and domains sharing misinformation and now, we’re expanding some of these efforts to include penalties for individual Facebook accounts too.

Moreover, the platform will send a notification when a user shares a post containing false information. There's an explanation in a form of an article from the fact-checker discrediting the false claim. Facebook will also encourage the user to share the article with their followers.

Aside from that, there's a notice that people who repeatedly share false information may have their posts moved lower in News Feed so other people are less likely to see them.

To mark a Facebook post as false news, simply click the three-dot icon next to the said post. The next step is clicking "Find support" or "Report post". After that, click False Information, then click Next. Finally, click Done to complete the action.

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