Facebook and the Truth

Facebook has been taking steps recently to move more toward being a one-stop shop for news about your friends and the world at large. In order to do so, they’ve had to confront the fact that their users may not be sharing the most accurate of information. One recent bit of news is that they are now allowing and encouraging Facebook users to report stories that they know to be false, like hoaxes and politically-motivated fabrications. Of course, the people sharing the stories and the people reporting them might have conflicting motives, so this will be interesting to follow as it becomes more common. Here’s Wired with more:

Stop the Lies: Facebook Will Soon Let You Flag Hoax News Stories

Of course, fake news stories that are meant to be funny (and obviously fake) are exempt. You may have noticed the following “satire” tags on certain stories, like those from the Onion:

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(People not recognizing the Onion as satire has been an issue in the past, it turns out. Check out Literally Unbelievable for some hilarious, depressing examples.)


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