Facebook is bringing major changes with the introduction of a rocket icon integrated into the news feed that gives users the chance to explore content from people or pages one has not liked. Also, Facebook’s Messenger is getting it’s own AI Assistant M and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!
Fake news and hoax have always been a problem for Facebook and with the pressure mounting from governments all around the world, the social media giant has now announced a new educational tool to curb news that is not authentic.
The new tool can be found at the top of the News Feed and will remain on the top for the next few days. The new tool has been introduced in 14 countries and is expected to roll out in more countries.
Clicking on the tool, it takes you to Facebook help center where the user sees a ten point tutorial by Facebook on how to identify fake news. It contains tips such as checking the source or URL and if other news reputable outlets have posted the same story.
“News Feed is a place for authentic communication,” Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s VP of News Feed, wrote in a blog post about the tool. “Improving news literacy is a global priority, and we need to do our part to help people understand how to make decisions about which sources to trust. False news runs counter to our mission to connect people with the stories they find meaningful. We will continue working on this and we know we have more work to do.”
Facebook has collaborated with the First Draft which is a non-profit organization working to improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information online.
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