That’s not true!!
With over 1.79 billion active users on Facebook and 66% of them using it for obtaining news updates (Pewresearch center, November 2016) wouldn’t it be a bit unsettling to learn that the trending news isn’t actually trending? And what more – could actually be fake?
News on Facebook has a credibility to it and when headlines like Pope endorsed Donald Trump and Barack Obama admits he was born in Kenya appear on Facebook, it becomes a major cause for concern. The scary part about this is the number of Facebook users who started sharing the fake articles and the fact that some of the fake news stories went viral.
Mark Zuckerberg himself has commented on this issue:
Ironically, Facebook removed some of Mark Zuckerberg’s own posts about Facebook’s fake news and his other posts, on November 29th! The company then said that his posts were removed by mistake. Zuckerberg has also said that Facebook is working on changing its algorithm for reporting news and fixing the bug, which incorrectly stated that some Facebook users were dead, including Zuckerberg himself.
Zuckerberg has affirmed that Facebook will deal with this misinformation mishap in the following way:
So how can you help? Well, you can report or flag news that you think appears fishy or fake, and you can check the credibility of the newspaper (Watch out for the Denver Guardian). If you have any more suggestions, let us know in the comments section below.