Facebook changing how it identifies 'fake news' stories

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017, file photo, a conference worker passes a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Facebook says it is changing how it identifies "fake news" stories on its platform to a more effective system. The social-media network had put "disputed" labels on stories that fact-checkers found false. Instead, now it will bring up "related articles" next to the false stories that give context from fact-checkers on the stories' problems. Facebook says that in its tests, fewer hoax articles were shared when they were managed this way. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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The battle against fake news continues and The Post-Star is keeping up with the times.

On Thursday, Facebook announced it is changing how it identifies fake news stories on its platform to a more effective system.

The Post-Star has taken steps to continue to be a trusted news source for social media users on Facebook. The Post-Star's social media accounts are verified accounts making our content a trusted source. 

Logos have been added to Facebook's trending news feature and The Post-Star logos will be displayed next to our content from poststar.com.

According to an Associated Press story, Facebook had put "disputed" labels on stories that fact-checkers found false. Instead, now it will bring up "related articles" next to the false stories that give context from fact-checkers on the stories' problems.

Facebook said Wednesday that in its tests, fewer hoax articles were shared when they had fact-checkers' articles next to them than when they were labeled with "disputed" flags.

The new approach also may help speed up the fact-checking system. 

— Adam Colver

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages poststar.com, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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