Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg came forward towards countering “spreading of fake news” over the social network by announcing some major steps against the same. Former US President Barack Obama gave a speech against the same some days back and after that even the general public came forward towards boycotting fake news websites as much as they can.
After Former US President Barack Obama talked about fake news that was spreading over social media sites that favored Donald Trump, people started taking things more seriously. People started mass reporting fake news websites which resulted in an online boycott campaign due to which big tech giants like Google and Facebook announced to make some changes in their policies. While Google played its part by banning all the fake news websites from their ad monetization network, Google AdSense, now it was the turn of Facebook to play its part.
Today Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced that some important steps are being implemented in order to stop fake news from spreading all over Facebook. Also Mark declined the fact that Facebook anyways encourages Fake News to be served over their platform.
In a report by The Guardian Mark stated, “We take misinformation seriously; we know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously,” Zuckerberg also stated that the company has “relied on our community to help us understand what is fake and what is not” indicating a tool to report false links and shared material that may not be legit from fact-checking sites.
He also stated, “Similar to click bait, spam and scams, we penalize [misinformation] in News Feed so it’s much less likely to spread.”
According to the report by BuzzFeed, the main reason behind the increment in fake news websites is the way they perform much better than factual websites. In their report it was found out that fake news websites rank better than factual sites stating real news and facts. These rankings “force” developers to choose the wrong path and spread fake news in order to earn little more dollars out of their “hard work” or I would say “smart work”.
According to Mark’s statement Facebook is working hard towards getting these pages and websites out of the platform as soon as possible.