This is an announcement from Facebook.
We're against false news on Facebook – it misleads people and makes the world less informed. People don't want to see false news on Facebook, and neither do we. It's harmful to our community and our industry.
This isn't a new problem. Each new technology requires new and creative solutions. It's up to all of us – in technology, media, academia – to fight it. We, at Facebook, are working to help people make more informed decisions when they encounter false news. (Try this QUIZ: Can you tell fake news from real news?)
Today, as part of our ongoing efforts to help people make more informed decisions, we're rolling out an educational tool to help people spot false news. We're featuring this tool at the top of News Feed for a few days to people on Facebook in 14 countries, including Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan and The Philippines.
When people click on this educational tool at the top of their News Feed, they will see more information and resources in the Facebook Help Center, including tips on how to spot false news, such as checking the URL of the site, investigating the source and looking for other reports on the topic.
These tips were developed in partnership with First Draft, a non-profit dedicated to improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information online. Here they are:
We want to stop the spread of false news on Facebook. Learn more about the work we're doing. As we work to limit the spread, here are some tips on what to look out for: