Facebook is getting help from its users in identifying misleading stories through a survey it placed under the posts that contain news links.
Most of the internet users in the world are somehow connected with Facebook. They use the biggest social media network in the world to get the latest news as well as keeping contacts with their friends. Almost every news house has its Facebook page, making it easier for people to get news updates while using Facebook. But the number of misleading or fake stories are also on the rise. Although Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t believe that Facebook is having serious issues with fake news, the network recently took steps to identify fake or misleading stories.
Facebook started showing a survey below suspected “misleading” content. The survey contains one question and five options. It asks, “to what extent do you think that this link’s title uses misleading language?” and the options to answer are: “Not at all,” “slightly,” “somewhat,” ”very much,” “completely.” Users can choose whatever answer they wish to give.
Some Facebook users tweeted about this survey on Monday, according to Mashable. They wrote that Facebook asked them whether the story they read was misleading or not.
Chris Krewson, the editor of the news outlet Billy Penn in Philadelphia, has seen the survey under a story and tweeted about it.
— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) December 5, 2016
A very limited number of Facebook users are seeing the feature right now. Facebook confirmed Mashable that this is an official feature and soon be available to more users as well. However, the company didn’t give any other information about the feature. It looks like Zuckerberg is in search of a better technical system to identify misleading contents on his network. He has mentioned a few new approaches as well recently. Some of them include labeling misleading stories as fake as well as using verification services by third-party companies and getting direct input from media professionals.
Will the new feature help Facebook to identify misleading content? Well, it’s pretty difficult to say at the moment. If the users can actually identify misleading content than the situation of Facebook wouldn’t be as bad as it is right now. The network might reach to a solution to fight fake news with the feature.
Photo Courtesy: Facebook profile of Mark Zuckerberg
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