Facebook is working to weed out fake news and hoaxes

Facebook is working to weed out fake news and hoaxes

In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook's Adam Mosseri - the company's Vice President of News Feed - said that steps are being taken by the company to eliminate fake news and hoaxes, in an effort to address the growing controversy over the role that it allegedly plays in the spread of misinformation on the Internet.

Sharing details about Facebook's plans to weed out fake news, Mosseri said that the company would simplify the hoax reporting process, and will also make it easier for fact-checking organizations to flag fake stories.

In addition, Mosseri also said that Facebook plans to do away with monetary incentives for spammers, and would also look more closely at other indications of a hoax, such as which articles are read by Facebook users but are not shared.

Further explaining that stories which are shared less than normal will be flagged by Facebook, Mosseri said: "We've found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way."

Mosseri also revealed that Facebook would soon release some new features for elimination of what he described as "the worst of the worst," or "the clear hoaxes" which are spread by spammers for their own gain.