Facebook Introduces Info Button to Combat Fake News

As Facebook continues to fight fake news related problems over the network, the company has taken several steps to prevent spread of falsified information. In a latest attempt to block fake news spreading over the platform, the social networking giant has introduced a new ‘i’ button to give readers more information on the news source.

If a user clicks on the button, it will show a Wikipedia entry for the news source as the social networking giant is hoping that the feature will help people to make more informed decisions in case they want to share something. The company said, “Helping people access this important contextual information can help them evaluate if articles are from a publisher they trust, and if the story itself is credible.”

The company also revealed that it will continue to change the process following users’ feedback and will work with different publishers to provide easier access to contextual information to help people to decide which stories to read, share, and trust, and to improve the experiences people have on Facebook.

This latest attempt comes after the recent Las Vegas shooting showed the problems the network is still facing. For instance, following the shooting in Las Vegas, the network’s safety check feature was overrun by related items which were pointing towards fake news. This latest incident showed that the company still has a long way to go before the spread of Fake news at least goes down over the network.
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