Facebook today revealed it was escalating its battle against fake news using machine learning.
Back in April, Facebook announced it’d be using Related Articles as a way of combating the influx of dubious articles. When you clicked on a post sharing an article, the Related Articles section directly below would show articles with different takes on the same topic. These would frequently include articles from third-party fact-checker sites, including the beleaguered Snopes.
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Today, Facebook says it’s using its updated machine learning to filter out more suspect stories. Now the Related Articles are more likely to show the fact-checker’s account of the same topic. According to a spokesperson:
In addition to seeing which stories are disputed by third-party fact checkers, people want more context to make informed decisions about what they read and share.
This still might not be enough to pop a reader’s filter bubble, but it’s another step in the right direction.