Facebook to hammer ‘satirical’ and ‘fake news’ stories

Facebook clamps-down on ‘hoaxes’

By Shepard Ambellas

MENLO PARK, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — The 1,350,000,000 member network Facebook is clamping down on satire and fake news stories by allowing anyone to flag “fake or deceitful news” stories, which will limit the amount of page views certain pieces get.

“A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chose to delete will get reduced distribution in the News Feed”, Facebook Inc. said.

However, shills may want to think before they flag posts, as false flaggers will likely be subject to traffic penalties as well through Facebook’s algorithm management system.

Writers and agencies will have to clearly mark, label, satirical or parody content as such to not be affected by the new change.

To further complicate the issue, Facebook makes a peculiar advocate for media transparency: The algorithms behind its News feed, which 62.5 percent of users are not even aware of, hide 70 to 80 percent of the content your friends and pages post — and do so according to calculations we can neither know nor scrutinize. That situation is becoming increasingly worrisome to news organizations, sociologists, Internet activists and other people who think about the intersection of information, media and democracy; it was, in fact, just in the news last week, when Ferguson trended on the (unfiltered) Twitter, long before it appeared on many users’ (algorithmically filtered) Facebook., reports the Washington Post.

Sources:

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories — Yahoo News

Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet’s terrible hoax-news industry — Washington Post

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shepard bio photoShepard Ambellas is the founder, editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified. You can also listen to him on Coast To Coast AM with hosts, both, George Noory on “Chemtrails” and John B. Wells on the “Alternative Media Special“. Shepard Ambellas has also been featured on the Drudge Report, the largest news website in the entire world, for his provocative coverage of the Bilderberg Group.

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