Facebook Bots will Use Machine Learning to Fight Fake News

The world’s largest social network just announced via an updated blog post that Facebook bots will be part of an expanded program to combat fake news…

Back in April, Facebook introduced Related Articles, a test program which alerts users to suspected fake or misleading content. Now, in an update regarding that announcement, Facebook states it’s going to roll it out more broadly as the test is proving successful.

Expanded Facebook Bots Program will Use Machine Learning to Fight Fake News

The social company now states it will expand Related Articles on trending topics, which include fact checks and various perspectives. “Since starting this test, we’ve heard that Related Articles helps give people more perspectives and additional information, and helps them determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false. So we’re rolling this out more broadly.” Here’s a look at it in action:

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Credit: Facebook

Facebook also stated it will employ “updated machine learning to detect more potential hoaxes to send to third-party fact checkers.” The company explains if articles reviewed by fact checkers, it might opt to show fact checked content right underneath the original post. Facebook says it plans to continue to test Related Articles, along with other ongoing efforts in the News Feed, to show less fake and misleading content.

Users will still see stories in which they are most interested in, even though the expansion will change how the News Feeds works. Facebook launched a disputed content alert back in March, a label attached to posts identified by third-parties as fake news. Additionally, the company adjusted its algorithms to identify untrue, misleading, spammy, and clickbait content.

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