Facebook and fake news were said to have had an effect on the US election, since then the company has been taking steps to stop these fake stories spreading on social media.
Facebook has taken out a full page advert in a number of UK Newspapers telling people how to spot fake news ahead of the UK election.
The company is taking a number of steps to kill off fake news from Facebook and it has launched a new feature that will automatically spot the content on its platform.
“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,” it said.
“In December, we started to test incorporating this signal into ranking, specifically for articles that are outliers, where people who read the article are significantly less likely to share it. We’re now expanding the test to the UK.”
The election takes place in the UK next month and Facebook will be looking to stop any of this fake content spreading and influencing people on which way to vote.
Source The Independent
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