Facebook's Related Articles feature is getting an update to fight fake news

Trump popularized the term “fake news” which has since been used to castigate the mainstream media and confuse news consumers. Pic Reuters

The site faced criticism for allegedly aiding Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election, due to untrue stories about Trump and rival Hillary Clinton spreading across the site.

According to Su, the linked articles will offer users different perspectives than ones they just read, but will not state that a particular article is a false news.

The company said it has created a software algorithm to point out possible suspicious stories and direct them to third-party fact checkers.

"We will start using updated machine learning to detect more potential hoaxes to send to third-party fact checkers", the post stated.

"This includes helping people have conversations about the news and giving people more ways to see a more complete picture of a story or topic".

Facebook continues to take fresh steps to combat false information across its app.

The feature is now being more broadly rolled out within the U.S. and will be extended to Germany, France and the Netherlands. In addition to seeing which stories are disputed by third-party fact checkers, people want more context to make informed decisions about what they read and share.

Now, officials are moving forward with the latter initiative and rolling it out more broadly.

The updated feature will also show stories used as part of the fact-checking process Facebook uses on some articles.

After initially arguing that fake news on Facebook could have played a role in the election, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg decided the company should prioritize having informed users.


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