June 15, 2021
Facebook News Feed Related Articles

Facebook News Feed Related Articles Testing Fake News Detection System

A new Facebook News Feed Related Articles listings contain different sources to help alert users to fake news or misleading content before clicking on a story…

A new Facebook News Feed Related Articles listings system is rolling out on the network, in another effort to identify fake news and misleading content. As the world’s largest and most used social network, Facebook continues to battle problematic content.

Facebook News Feed Related Articles Test Showing Alternative Listings to Identify Fake News

The company’s latest efforts in this ongoing challenge is providing Related Articles alternative source listings before users actually click or tap on a title. 

“Today, we’re beginning to test Related Articles that might appear before you read an article shared in News Feed. These additional articles, which appear for topics many people are talking about on Facebook, will appear in a unit below the link. That should provide people easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact-checkers,” Sara Su, Product Manager, News Feed explains.

As depicted in the GIF below, shared content containing an unnamed ‘medical advancement’, appears with other sources to help users identify possibly fake news and misleading content.

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Credit: Facebook

The apparent point is to condition users to associate the related titles with suspicious and/or specious information. And, because the tests applies to popular topics or those trending upward, it can help to dispel rumors. 

Su also states this effort is just one of several the network is currently working with. “This is one of many tests we’re working on to improve the experiences people have on Facebook. We will learn from the test, and apply what we learn to improve the product for everyone.” Facebook recently introduced new tools to help identify and take down “intimate images” or revenge porn.

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