latest – Report reaching our news desk reveals that Facebook
has scrapped an effort to crack down on misinformation on the giant social network by showing “disputed” flags on articles that third-party fact checkers deemed false.
The source has it that the company made the change after academic research suggested that marking a story as false, or “disputed,” can backfire “and further entrench someone’s beliefs,” Facebook said in a Medium post.
Too few fact checkers to keep up with the flood of potentially fabricated content, too many clicks for Facebook users
to determine why content was disputed and a range of ratings from third party fact checkers that muddied the waters also contributed to the decision, Facebook said.
Instead of the flagging system, which Facebook started earlier this year, it will show related articles to give Facebook users more context.
With more than 2 billion monthly users around the world, Facebook has come under fire for allowing the spread of misinformation including an initiative from Russian operatives to influence the U.S. presidential election.
Google and Twitter have all been hit with charges that they abetted the spread of fabricated news stories.