Facebook is now trying to help its 1.86 billion users cut through the clutter by adding a “disputed news” flag to stories that have been debunked by third party groups.
The disputed news flag was introduced a few months ago, along with a suite of new tools that allow users to flag anything they consider “disputed.”
After a story is marked, a group of Facebook researchers will initially have the responsibility of sifting through flagged stories and determining which ones to send to the fact-checking organizations, which include Snopes, Politifact, and Factcheck.org.
If it’s determined to be fake, the story will still remain on Facebook, but it will be flagged as disputed and include a link explaining why.
These stories can still be shared, but you’ll be warned before you do and they’ll be more likely to appear lower in News Feed, according to Facebook.