DEC
21

Facebook abandons an attempt to curb fake news. Here's why

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking at headquarters

Image: JEFF CHIU/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Facebook is throwing away "disputed flags," one of its several attempts to curb the spread of fake news across the social network. 

About a year ago, Facebook launched the feature, where red flag icons were put next to articles that were identified to be false by a team of independent fact-checking organizations. 

But according to Facebook's research, the effort didn't help much. Facebook's team identified four reasons that disputed flags were not an ideal strategy, as shared in a blog post on Medium

Buried critical information a.k.a. required too many clicks 

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