Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

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Fake news became a serious issue in the United States election campaign, when clearly fraudulent stories circulated on social media, potentially swaying some voters.

What's more, the social media company is running a campaign in 14 countries for the next three days intent on helping "people become more discerning readers".

Facebook is taking the fight against fake news to its users. This week, users in 14 countries, including the US, will see an alert above the News Feed several times over the next few days that links them to Facebook's Help Center where they can read "Tips to Spot False News".

Facebook's latest offensive in its war against fake news is an educational tool to help users spot it, created in conjunction with nonprofit First Draft.

Many false news stories often contain spelling and grammar errors, as well as an awkward looking layout.

The tip sheet goes over information such as "What kinds of false content should I look for", "Why is it being spread?" and provides other information regarding where to locate correct, reliable information. We've found that a lot of fake news is financially motivated.

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"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", Adam Mosseri, Facebook's VP of News Feed, wrote in a blog post about the initiative.

Starting Friday, Facebook Inc.is rolling out "news literacy resources" it made in partnership with MediaSmarts that will educate people on how to better scrutinize articles they come across.

The company, for instance, is working with outside fact-checking and media organizations to identify false news as such.

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Both Facebook and Full Fact have produced guides to spotting fake news online. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it could indicate that it is false. Facebook wants to help. And that has allowed Facebook time to think more carefully about how it can tackle the issue in Canada, he said. Facebook is also working on more ways to flag to users that a post may be false, for example by making it easier for the community to report misleading content.

Google previous year incorporated a "fact-check" tag into some news pages published south of the border to help readers of more prominent stories find fact-checked content and said it was actively working to bring the feature to Canada "in the near future".

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