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Facebook Says It Will Nix Hoaxes from News Feed

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Jan 20, 2015, 1:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Facebook today said it will reduce the number of fake stories published to users' news feed. Facebook said it is primarily targeting stories that are hoaxes or scams. Moving forward, Facebook will reduce the distribution of stories that are flagged by users as fake, stories that receive lots of comments warning others of scams or false content, and stories that are deleted by large volumes of people. Facebook said most publishers should be safe — including those that produce satirical content that is clearly marked as such. The changes apply to Facebook users' news feed both online and on their mobile devices.



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Brad K

Jan 20, 2015, 5:04 PM

A better way...

Even the stories from major networks that wouldn't fall under the hoax or satire category can be untruthful or misleading (See MSNBC, aka: More Silly Non-sense By Communists). A better option would be to do the opposite, encourage fake stories. The more hoaxes people are reading and then finding out they were indeed fakes will train them to be skeptical about what they are reading on the internet and hopefully prompt them to seek out the actual truth.

This change may lead people to "let down their guard", if you will, because in the back of their mind they have the idea that facebook isn't posting fake stories anymore.
Too bad the average FBooker won't (or dpes ot have the brain capacity) to read beyond the headlines.

Jan 20, 2015, 1:14 PM

About time!

If I have to read another fake celebrity death or the same "The Planets will align and hordes of unicorns will roam the forrests!" story I swear I'm going to beat someone with an encyclopedia... or the Wikipedia app loaded on a tablet at least...
Agreed. As much as I don't want anyone controlling what I or others post, enough is enough. People are gullible when it comes to "if it's on the internet it must be true". I debunk a story almost on a daily basis on my friend's posts. You would think ...
Well, this also can turn into a bad thing by not allowing the over view to be heard. Facebook has been known to tilt left. For example, if a liberal flags a truthful story to be wrong and say... CNN says it is wrong, will they--Facebook-- take the tru...
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