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Facebook Fights Fake News Stories With Updated Features

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 02:25 PM

Facebook, under widespread criticism for fake news stories on its platform, is releasing new features designed to combat the phony reports, The Hill reports.

Those features include a streamlined reporting process to identify fake news, an option to flag disputed stories and steps to tackle spammers, the website reports.

"We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we're approaching this problem carefully," Facebook Vice President Adam Mosseri said.

"We've focused our efforts on the worst of the worst, on the clear hoaxes spread by spammers for their own gain, and on engaging both our community and third party organizations."

Facebook users will have an opportunity to report any news story believed to be phony just by checking a box.

The social media giant is also working with fact-checking organizations to determine fake stories. If the story is under dispute, it will be pushed to the bottom of a user's newsfeed and be flagged as disputed by Facebook.

USA Today reports Facebook came under criticism after the election by those who claimed it did not do enough to eliminate phony news stories.

Facebook is used by an estimated 170 million people in North America every day. And about half of the adults in the U.S. get their news from Facebook, according to USA Today.

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