By: William Fletcher | 03-19-2017 | News
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Will Facebook Users Report Fake News?

In a much anticipated move to battle the "Fake News" epidemic, Facebook is rolling out a new "disputed" button that users will be able to tag stories that they deem to be fake.

The real question though is if users will actually use this feature, or will it have the same fate as some other features that have recently released.

If you have been on Facebook at all over the past 10 years, you know there are two dominating trends,

baby pictures and people debating political topics. You know that this button is going to be used heavily by those trying to break down the opposing-wing of the United States.

I can just imagine how many left-wingers will dispute the next thing that President Trump presents. He could catch the top 20 most wanted terrorists in the world, present them in front of the entire country in person, and the story about it will still have an overwhelming amount of left-wing hypocrites "Disputing" the story.

Fortunately for us, Facebook has thought of similar scenarios. When an article is disputed enough, Facebook has actual journalists fact-check the article to determine the truthfulness of the story. According to, there are five news organizations/fact-checking groups that will be determining whether a highly disputed article is fake news.

ABC News, Politifact, FactCheck, Snopes, and The Associated Press are who will be determining this.

The best part about this feature is that Facebook is going to give users the ability to hide all of the news that has been proven to be fake from timelines.

They will also stop the spread of fake news by alerting users that are about to post an article already deemed fake.

Facebook also has stated that they are planning to make it harder for publishers to profit by publishing fake news, but all that probably means is that disputed articles are going to have a lower click count. Now for the bad news. Without the overwhelming amount of fake news articles, you are going to be left with having to look at your friends' baby over and over.


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