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Facebook Stops Putting ‘Disputed Flags’ On Fake News Due To Backlash Fake news flags often had reverse effect of making people want to click even more Axios – December 27, 2017

Facebook Stops Putting ‘Disputed Flags’ On Fake News Due To Backlash
Fake news flags often had reverse effect of making people want to click even more
Axios – December 27, 2017

Facebook announced that it will no longer use “Disputed Flags” — red flags next to fake news articles — to identify fake news for users. Instead it will use related articles to give people more context about a story.

Why it’s happening: The tech giant is doing this in response to academic research it conducted that shows the flags don’t work, and they often have the reverse effect of making people want to click even more.

Related articles give people more context about what’s fake or not, according to Facebook.

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https://www.axios.com/facebook-drops-fake-news-flags-because-they-had-reverse-effect-2520310212.html

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