Facebook will share ten top tips for spotting ‘fake news’ with its users as part of its attempts to tackle the growing phenomenon.
Independent UK fact-checking charity Full Fact has provided the tips (listed in full below) which will appear on the social network as an official notification in users’ News Feeds titled: “How to spot false news”.
The notification will appear tomorrow and over the weekend.
Full Fact’s director Will Moy said: “Nobody wants to mislead their friends, and this is a great chance to remind people: if you’re not sure, don’t share.
“Today’s announcement is welcome. We hope that Facebook will also recognise how much more they can do to make it easier for users to spot false news online.
“The launch of this educational campaign is useful and timely but it should just be the start.”
Facebook has come under fire for proliferating and spreading “fake news” which first emerged around the time of the last US Presidential Election, with false claims about candidates often being widely circulated.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into the widespread dissemination of “fake news” over concerns it is “a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general”.
A YouGov survey, commissioned by Channel 4 earlier this year, revealed that less five per cent of Brits are able to correctly distinguish fake news stories from true news stories.
Facebook has said it wants to “stamp out” egregious examples of fake news and said in December that it would be introducing measures including giving users the ability to flag up suspected hoax stories.
Full Fact – which was set up in 2010 – has also launched a fact-checking toolkit on its website as part of its wider work to “improve news literacy in the UK”, a spokesperson said.
Full Fact’s ten tips for what to look out for when spotting “fake news”: