Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped “fake news” crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as “disputed” the stories that are believed false by fact checking organizations, the media reported on Sunday. The new feature uses non-partisan third-party organizations like Snopes and Politifact to assess the factual accurateness of stories reported as fake by users.
On its help center page, Facebook has added a question “How is news marked as disputed on Facebook?” However, the section noted that this feature is not yet accessible to everyone. It is unclear how many people currently have access to the “fake news” debunking feature. The new tool was first revealed by users on Twitter, who shared screenshots which identified links to sites known to produce misinformation.