Here are the steps Facebook is taking to combat fake news sharing

There has been a huge amount of fake news websites on
the Internet in recent times, and they share a lot of
hogwash. Fake news sharing causes a lot of problems for
people. For example, Hilary Clinton was accused of
running a child sex ring on some shoddy website. A
fallout of that was that one man took a gun into a pizza
restaurant and opened fire on people . That is not good.

One of the ways these pseudo-websites spread their data
is through Facebook. Usually, some site creates a bogus
piece of news, then shares it on Facebook, hoping to
generate some laughs and traffic. However, these pieces
of nes often produce serious consequences (see gunman
in restaurant above). This puts Facebook in a bad light, as
it is the easiest place to get news these days. As such,
Facebook is taking steps to identify and combat these
fake news sites.

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Facebook has sworn to prevent misleading news articles
from reaching users. Therefore, they have set up an
unofficial task force to categorize pages based on their
content.

1. According to a report on Facebook Newsroom , “We
categorized pages to identify whether or not they
were posting spam or trying to game feed by doing
things like asking for likes, comments, or shares”.
Basically, this means that they will study the posts
and determine if they are actually saying something
worth reading or just fishing for those sweet, sweet
likes.
2. Furthermore, the engineers at Facebook developed
a model to identify whether posts are authentic or
not. This model is based on reader behavior
towards the posts. These posts will still appear on
your news feed; however, they most likely won’t
affect you, since the authentic posts will rank
higher. It will consider factors like your relationship
with the sharer of the article, number of likes,
shares and comments.
The fake news phenomenon has certainly gathered a few
enemies. However, Facebook is on their case. Rest
assured, therefore, that in the near future, you are not
likely to be seeing stuff like, “President Muhammadu
Buhari is DEAD! Click to find out more!”

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