Facebook Launches ‘Trust Indicators’ To Help You Decide What’s Fake News

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Facebook is launching a feature that will try to help users decide what news articles on its platforms are legitimate, the company announced Thursday.

The tech conglomerate is attaching “Trust Indicators” to certain articles shared on the platform, which will provide information about the publishers. Such details will include the content creators’ polices on ethics, corrections, fact-checking, “ownership structure, and masthead.” Publishers have to upload the extra information through the Brand Asset Library, which is listed under Facebook’s Page Publishing Tools. To achieve its goal, Facebook is working with the Trust Project, “an international consortium of news and digital companies.”

“We believe that helping people access this important contextual information can help them evaluate if articles are from a publisher they trust, and if the story itself is credible,” Andrew Anker, product manager at Facebook, wrote in a blog post. “This step is part of our larger efforts to combat false news and misinformation on Facebook — providing people with more context to help them make more informed decisions, advance news literacy and education, and working to reinforce indicators of publisher integrity on our platform.”

Facebook announced in April that it was improving its “Related Articles” system, in which different content from various outlets on the same story is provided. (RELATED: Facebook Is Getting More Aggressive With Its Fake News Fact-Checking)

Facebook also announced in October that it was starting to experiment with offering “additional context.” That test is part of the more recent one announced Thursday, according to the company.

The social media company has been pressured to help determine which news stories are misleading or fraudulent, and subsequently purge the content from the platform. But even the most outwardly scientific processes are liable to subjectivity, and it’s not quite clear how technical or empirical its fact-checking undertakings will be.

Zuckerberg said last year that the company is going to partner with Snopes as one of its third-party fact checking organizations, even though it almost exclusively employs leftists and has dubious verification skills. (RELATED: Snopes Deliberately Omits Key Details To Protect Kerry’s State Dept.)

Facebook in general has been trying a lot of unique measures when it comes to combating disinformation on the platform. It recently concluded a test in which it promoted comments mentioning “fake news” on certain posts to the top, making them far more likely to be viewed. Many users complained of the experiment, which either seemed to go awry, or wasn’t fully thought out in the first place.

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  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Um… so don’t use FakeBook?

    Look, you’re not being forced into using that site. You CHOOSE to go there. If you have a bitchy complaint about it, just don’t go there.

    See how easy the solution to your fake problem is?

    Just don’t go there.

    • NonYo Business

      So what you’re telling me… is that if I think Facebook is lame; I just dont go there?

      • darkhorse

        Non…that is a kinda cryptic comment from the Cynical basturd..a mystery wrapped in an enigma..expound upon it

        • Cynical Old Bastard

          What is cryptic, enigmatic, and mysterious about it?

          If you don’t like something, a place of business, a company, how a tomato tastes, how it feels to have a rock in your shoe… then you don’t do that thing anymore.

          Nothing mysterious about that.

          “I hate tomatoes!”

          Then don’t eat tomatoes.

          Simple.

          “I don’t like eggs!”

          Well then don’t eat eggs.

          Simple.

          You seem to conveniently forget about the beam in your own eye while complaining about the mote in your neighbor’s.

          You, my dear, are a classic example of the heavily indoctrinated. You, my dear, are the entire reason behind the creation of the Portmanteau, “Sheeple.” You, my dear, are every pope, inquisitor, conquistador, crusader, and exterminator throughout history. You, my dear, are a prime example of every person who has followed any cult leader and then willingly took their own lives. You were in the death camps of Germany. You exterminated millions more for Pol Pot. You were even first in line to burn witches. You “pacified” all those who disagreed with you.

          In short, you are one of the Sheeple.

          Now, expound upon that!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            I hate avocado. . .

            I don’t eat avocado. . .

            Crisis averted!

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Wait… What?

            You hate avocado? THE JEWS DID IT! WE MUST BUILD A WALL AND PASS MORE GUN LAWS!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            The Russians hacked my tastebuds. . .

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Heh-heh. I knew it. You’re a sexist!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            That’s right – avocado slices are shaped somewhat like female genitalia. . . complete with a hole in the middle!

          • darkhorse

            I was burned as a witch a few times – so I’m told…I never learn my lesson I guess! Now, now…I was making fun of NonYo Business for joking with you…cool your jets! Chill out, babe..lol!!!

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        LMAO! Seems sensible enough. Who knew!

        All that without some mullti-gajillion (more than a bazillion) dollar gubmint study too!

        Next up in COB’s snippets of wisdom: Touching hot objects will burn you.

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Hello, is this Mr. Obvious?

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Heh-heh. That’s a good one. Might go try to nab it.

            You remember when I played Incoherenceman a few years back? Started arguments with myself all over Disqus. Never really said anything that made sense.

            Had great fun with that one…

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            That was good! Never heard them before. Thanks.

        • NonYo Business

          Lol.. So what you are saying… is that Harvey Weinstein should of kept his hands to himself?

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Bill should not have had sexual relations with that woman.

          • Cynical Old Bastard

            Seems reasonable enough.

            Also seems reasonable enough that if a dog doesn’t want to get hit by a car it shouldn’t play in the road.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      That solution has worked fine for me, so far.

      Never had a farcebook.
      Never will.
      You can’t make me.
      Neener =P

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Heh-heh.

        I had one. Got banned. Imagine that.

        LMAO. I think they might be onto me. It’s a suspiracy I sez!

  • darkhorse

    I put all my trust in the Talmudist/Zionist FACEBERG…yessiree Bob!

  • dav1bg

    I am so glad that the Zionist Succerburg is going to tell me how to discern the truth. Wow, talk about the fox in the hen house.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Yo, Facebutt ‘n’ Suckaturd!! FUCKOFF.

  • TrevorD

    “will try to help users decide what news articles on its platforms are legitimate,”
    Zuckerberg, what is legitimate, who are you to advise and btw who made you Lord of the Sheeple?
    Your nasty little Globalists masters I would guess. What a `sell out` to Humanity you truly are. Tick tock….

    • darkhorse

      he’s a Talmud/Zionist…what could be closer to Satan…?

  • john folger

    and it will be set up by nonbias obama hold overs,nothing can go wroung

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    FAKEbook. PUKErburg.