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Facebook has quietly rolled out its long-awaited solution to fake news

Facebook has quietly rolled out its long-awaited solution to fake news

Though there should be reduced likelihood of users sharing stories that have been marked as disputed and thereby limiting their spread, the flagging system sometimes takes too long to go into effect giving enough time for a fake news story to circulate.

The tag was originally announced in December, but its gaining traction in the United States as Facebook continues to roll it out. Facebook added a section on "disputed" news to its help tools.

Those organizations will be signatories to a "Fact-checkers' Code of Principles" maintained by the journalism nonprofit Poynter Institute. Initially, we relied on newspapers or news channels to get authenticated news, but it has now been readily made available on soacial media thanks to countless sources.

Clinton and Barack Obama both spoke out about the problem, with the former President accusing Facebook of creating a "dust cloud of nonsense" by allowing insane theories to spread and Clinton describing the spread of false news as an "epidemic" after the election.

Facebook has introduced its new system for flagging fake news following the widespread criticism of the platform in its failure to combat inaccurate news during the 2016 USA election. In November, a source told Gizmodo that the social network's fight against fake news before the election was undercut by a "fear about upsetting conservatives".

The feature is now only available in the U.S., where the 2016 elections were thought to have been swayed by fake stories appearing on the social network. First spotted by Gizmodo, the Disputed label is now being tacked onto stories after they have been flagged up by users.

When Facebook announced it would roll out fake news labels a year ago, it described a system that relied either on its own software or on users to catch possibly fake stories that would then be reviewed by real journalists to determine if the story was false or true.

Facebook has not released information about the tagging system's release in other regions. The current review process is created to ensure that Facebook operates exclusively as a platform while the responsibility for defining "fake news" relies on Facebook's partnered fact-checkers. When two or more of the organizations decide the story is fake news, the "disputed" label will be connected to it.

Combating fake news without completely going down the rabbit hole of censorship is a delicate matter.

The Poynter Code was launched on September 15, 2016, and includes broad stroke commitments to values such as transparency and nonpartisanship.

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