At the top of the Facebook list of suffering is the fight with fake news. Facebook has tried several different approaches, but none of them really worked. The latest solution for the struggling social media giant is to reduce fake news in the hope that readers will not notice it so easily.
Like TechCrunch in his review Facebook's original approach to fake news may have had a prohibited fruit stimulus. Counterfeit messages have been tagged by several other, more legitimate news sites and specifically verified by facts. However, this approach seems to have little impact on the problem.
Facebook's latest solution to the problem discussed at the San Francisco conference Fighting Abuse @Scale is to reduce the size of fake messages, they are less highlighted in the newsfeed. A TechCrunch reporter learned that Facebook intends to reduce "the visual prominence" of posts known as fake news.
Pictures of TechCrunch reveal fake news items that are one-tenth the size of regular news items. The report adds that Facebook uses machine learning and AI to determine the likelihood that a story will be faked. Fact Checkers will then receive a prioritized list of stories for review.
Several other steps to combat counterfeit messages have been listed, including the deletion of accounts using fake credentials, identifying channels that produce fake messages, restricting the distribution of counterfeit messages, and so on.
Facebook believes such methods reduce the occurrence of fake messages on their platforms by up to 80 percent.
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