In the light of the US 2016 Elections many have pointed out the abundance of “fake news” articles floating around the internet on some very believable and some not so believable topics. Many of us can tell right away when an article may not be so trustworthy, but some just can’t tell the difference.
We first herd that Facebook was looking into the fake news situation on their social media platform back in November 2016 in a personal note from Mark Zuckerberg himself.
The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We’ve made significant progress, but there is more work to be done.
Since then Facebook has been working behind the scenes with third-party companies to combat fake news and it’s epidemic proportions.
Google has also started tagging their stories to show weather they’re trustworthy or not. In the end, the fact of the matter is, fake news is not good and needs to be dealt with.