To tackle the problem of fake news, Facebook had introduced red flags to denote fake news on its platform. It was supposed to divert the user from false news and instead put the attention to the real ones.

However, this ended up escalating the problem, where users were sharing stories which were fake due to that red flag. In order to deal with this problem, Facebook has come with another method.

Representational image. Reuters In this new method, if Facebook deems that if a news piece is not true, the visual link card will appear smaller in size.

Furthermore, it will be appended with fact-checked links which will follow as Related Articles. But if a story is true or comes from a credible source, then it will be put in a prominent box which will have a large photograph from the story and the headline getting its own space.

This is done to make sure that people look at credible sources for information rather than non-credible or fake ones by using the tactic of visual prominence. According to TechCrunch, Facebook will use both machine learning and human fact checkers to ensure the authenticity of news. Read more from firstpost.com…

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