Ever wondered what to actually believe when reading stuff online?
Well, our good friends at Facebook are going to make it that little bit easier to tell the difference between what’s real and fake.
The social media giant has announced that they are rolling out ‘false news filters’ in a bid to prevent the spread of viral misinformation.
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“Over the next month, content across Facebook and Instagram that has been rated false or partly false by a third-party fact-checker will start to be more prominently labeled so that people can better decide for themselves what to read, trust and share,” Facebook said in a statement.
It’s understood ‘monitoring overlays’ will be placed over the top of posts that are deemed false news, and will block users from seeing it unless they choose to.
“The labels below will be shown on top of false and partly false photos and videos, including on top of Stories content on Instagram, and will link out to the assessment from the fact-checker,” Facebook says.
“Much like we do on Facebook when people try to share known misinformation, we’re also introducing a new pop-up that will appear when people attempt to share posts on Instagram that include content that has been debunked by third-party fact-checkers.”
Whilst the false news labels are being introduced in the US today in the lead up to the 2020 elections, Facebook has confirmed they will be rolled out globally within the next few weeks.