Facebook shows related articles and fact checkers before opening links

Facebook wants you to think about whether a title is true and that you see other points of view on the subject before you even read the article. In its next step against false news, Facebook today is starting to test a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also post related articles, including third party fact verifiers before reading an article on a subject tackled by many people.

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Facebook says, “This should make it easier for people to access additional perspectives and information, including articles from third-party fact-checkers.”

Essentially, rather than trying to convince someone that what they just read could be exaggerated, overly biased or falsely false, Facebook wants to raise people’s suspicions before they are brainwashed with lies and embellishments. The functionality could get you out of your filter bubble before falling into the deepest.

If you’ve seen a link saying “Chocolate Heals Cancer!” From a little-known blog, the related article box might appear before you click to view links from the New York Times or a newspaper Medical noting that if chocolate has antioxidants that can lower your risk of cancer, this is not a cure. If an external fact checker like Snopes had discredited the original message, this could appear in related articles as well.

Facebook says that this is only a test, so it will not necessarily be deployed for everyone unless it is useful. He notes that Facebook Pages should not see a significant change within the reach of its News Feed messages. There will be no publicity disseminated in related articles.

Facebook originally launched related articles in 2013 to address more interesting links on a topic you just read. But after being criticized for allowing false news to proliferate during the US 2016 presidential election, Facebook began working with third party fact-checkers to add warnings to the contested articles.

Mark Zuckerberg then stated in his humanitarian manifesto that one way to fight the problem was to broaden the views of people. “A more effective approach is to show a range of viewpoints, allow people to see their views on a spectrum and come to a conclusion about what they think is right.” Over time, our community Will identify sources that provide a full range of viewpoints so that content is naturally more important. ”

Some publishers may not be enthusiastic about their more well-known competitors potentially hijacking their readers through related articles. But as Facebook seeks to fight the scourge of false news without necessarily becoming the arbiter of truth itself, it is better to expose a range of opinions on a topic and hope that people understand the catch More extraterrestrial (and viral) may not be reading.

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