Facebook has a fake news problem. It was never intended to become a tool that people could use to spread misinformation but it’s turning into a real problem now so much so that the social media giant agrees that “there’s so much we need to do” in order to clamp down on the spread of false information across Facebook.
Facebook’s vice president of product management Adam Mosseri has said in a statement that Facebook is actively working to combat the spread of misinformation but does acknowledge that there’s much more that the social network needs to do in order to put this problem to rest once and for all.
Saying that Facebook values authentic communication and that it hears consistently from users who prefer not to see misinformation, he points out that Facebook looks at various signals based on community feedback to determine which posts in Newsfeed are likely to contain inaccurate information. It looks at multiple signals to ensure that the topics being listed in Trending are reflective of the reality.
“Despite these efforts we understand there’s so much more we need to do, and that is why it’s important that we keep improving our ability to detect misinformation,” he added.
Mosseri has said that Facebook is committed to working on this issue and further improve the experience on its platform.
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