Facebook has come up with a plan to put warning labels on fake news. How they determine what is fake news will be some algorithms and these world renown fact checkers: ABC News, the AP, FactCheck.org, the Washington Post, Snopes and Politifact. The one thing that these fact checkers all have in common is their left wing leanings. The potential for abuse of power is high in this one.
As Written By John Sexton for Hot Air:
Echo chamber 2.0
Facebook had announced it will begin adding warning labels to “fake news” on its site. The plan is to add a link to stories which readers have identified as fake. The link will cite fact-checkers explaining why a story is false or fake. Facebook described the proposed changes in a blog post:
We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we’re approaching this problem carefully. We’ve focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations…
We’re testing several ways to make it easier to report a hoax if you see one on Facebook, which you can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. We’ve relied heavily on our community for help on this issue, and this can help us detect more fake news.
We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations. If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.
Cue the outrage mobs targeting stories or websites they don’t like as “fake news.” But Facebook users’ reporting of “fake news” will be backed up by the expertise of fact-checkers. Clicking over to Poynter’s list of signatories you find the fact-checkers Facebook will…
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