Facebook is hoping to calibrate its users' BS meters.
After a plague of fake news struck the social network during the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook began acknowledging its problem. The company has since ramped up its efforts to combat fake news stories by adding fact-checkers and allowing people to flag hoaxes. It's also cracked down on millions of spam accounts that spread fake news across the social network.
On Tuesday, Facebook said it's testing a new feature in its "related articles" section, adding stories from third-party fact-checkers to the slot. The "related articles" section, which has been around since 2013, pops up underneath posted articles with links to the same topic.
"That should provide people easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact-checkers," Facebook product manager Sara Su said in a blog post.
In November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted at this fact-checking feature by saying Facebook would be "raising the bar" for related articles that populate the feed. Zuckerberg's approach to fake news on Facebook has been to lead people in the right direction without a heavy hand, pointing out that he didn't want to impose Facebook's morals on the world.
The feature could fully kick in if the tests go well.