Soon You Can Flag Hoax News Stories on Facebook
Have you been coming across fake stories on Facebook? Are you fed up with such fake stories taking rounds on Facebook about people, brands etc. every now and then?
Here is some really good news for all social networking birdies! Recently, Facebook has included an option that will allow users to report a story as ‘False’. Let’s see how reporting a story will be helpful for Facebook users.
No More False News Feed
News Feed about the latest updates that matter to you, not about promoting the fake stories! But there have been instances where some unreliable sources use false information to spread rumors. Now, if you decide to hide a post from your News Feeds, then you will also have the option to flag it as a ‘false news story’.
Reporting any content as a ‘false news story’ or deleting the post from your timeline will include it as spam. If there are number of users who have either deleted a story or reported it as a ‘false news story’ will trim down its distribution in News Feed.
The posts having too many such reports will appear with a warning message, that Facebook users have reported it as hoax news.
Out of Hoax
If there are some feeds that have the label ‘satire’ or are projected to be amusing, then such content kind won’t be affected with this update.
This means a large number of Facebook users will still continue to enjoy humorous and other satirical contents.
Alerting Bogus Publishers
Though, most of the users and posts will not get affected by this Facebook update, but it will certainly affect handful users by reducing the distribution of such posts.
With this latest Facebook update, users will be able to flag pornographic and violent content. Gradually, this flagging will reduce the number of hoax news stories. This will definitely enhance the user experience on social media.