Facebook needs you to fight fake newsMark Zuckerberg has a few ideas on how to stop false stories from spreading -- including making it easier for people to report fake news, and possibly putting alerts next to stories flagged as false. (That is, if it even shows up in your feed's closed-off...
Facebook has a plan to fight fake news. Facebook's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post addressing the recent outcry over the amount of fake news that thrives on the network. Zuckerberg said Facebook is exploring a few new solutions. Now currently, Facebook relies on users to report fake news. Bet you didn't know you had that power, did you? Because Facebook doesn't make it clear But here's how it works. When you report a story, select the option that says you think it shouldn't be on Facebook. When asked why, select that it's because it's a false news story. But in the next step, Facebook suggests that you just block the account it came from, or send a message to the account that you think they should take it down. Which is awkward. But behind the scenes, Facebook is keeping track of these actions and the news feed algorithm penalizes the post so it doesn't show up as often in other people's feeds. Zuckerberg says his team is working on making this reporting process much easier. The network is also creating tools To spot the fakes before their flag and work with the outside fact checking organization. Facebook is also exploring another option, putting a label next to a story that has been flagged by others as being fake. Facebook is also making it harder for fake news to hide inside of advertising. Solving the problem can be tricky. Zuckerberg said he doesn't want to go so far as to censor free speech. During the US presidential election a number of made up stories spread online and had a large volume of shares on Facebook. Some critics suggested this may have tipped the election for people who believed the fake news or That is said into Facebook's algorithm problem of creating a political bubble. Filtering posts so that you only see posts similar to your own world view based on other things you clicked and commented on. I'm Bridget Corey, you can keep up with the biggest tech stories at Cnet.com