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Facebook Wants Users To Help It Weed Out Fake News

Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook will do more to tackle the viral spread of false news on its network, and this week the company has started experimenting with a system to fix the problem: it’s asking its own users for help.

At least three Facebook users have posted screenshots on Twitter of news stories on Facebook with a new, single-question survey underneath. The survey asks the user mark how much they think the story uses misleading language:

This appears to be the first example of a feature that Facebook has rolled out, directly asking users to help it weed out fake news. Since the results of the U.S. election, Facebook has faced widespread criticism for letting fake news stories proliferate on its site.

These stories have benefited a growing cottage industry of sites that deliberately publish misleading stories with the hope that they’ll go viral, to the additional benefit of ad networks and Facebook’s own revenues.

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