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Friday, December 2, 2016
Facebook tests warnings on "fake news"
Think While It Is Still Legal
The corrupt Corporate Controlled Media Machine is called "real news" while Conservative outlets are labeled as "fake news".
(TechCrunch) - Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained the screenshot below of the warning from a source.
The warning reads “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending” In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason.
The warnings are one of the first visible sign of the new approaches to fighting fake news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out last month. We’ve reached out to Facebook with a request for comment and will update if we receive a response.
The fake news flag tests appear to have been running for over a week, though they seem to be vanishing from some users’ feeds as quickly as they appear. That behavior is in line with the way Facebook regularly tests new product features through limited, live rollouts to small swaths of its massive user base.
The warning message in the screenshot is from an instance of the test that appeared live today. It shows a flagged a story from occupydemocrats.com, a website included on a widely circulated list of fake news sources. The headline reads “2,000 Veterans Just Arrived At Standing Rock To Form ‘Human Shield’ Around Protesters.”
Notably, this particular news story checks out as true and was also picked up by The New York Timesand Reuters, among other reliable fact-checking outlets. That suggests that Facebook is blacklisting entire sites rather than individual news stories. It also demonstrates the potential for false positives in Facebook’s system, where accurate stories are slapped with the “not reliable” warning.