Facebook Wants to Boot Hoaxes From Your News Feed

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Everyone has a friend or two who gets taken in by hoax news stories and posts them on Facebook without so much as a search to check whether Justin Bieber did, in fact, shave his head for charity. But their breathless surprise won't clog your News Feed any longer: From now on, Facebook says it will closely monitor stories for reports that they're fake or misleading. A link frequently flagged by users as "a false news story," or just as frequently deleted out of shame by those who posted it, will automatically have a warning appended to the top. But you may not even see it — such stories will have a much lower priority for display in your News Feed compared with other, less fraudulent content.


Afraid that hilarious (and clearly fake) stories from The Onion or Clickhole are going to be collateral damage in this update? Not to worry: "We’ve found from testing that people tend not to report satirical content intended to be humorous, or content that is clearly labeled as satire," reads the Facebook news release.



—Devin Coldewey