Jan 15, 2017

Facebook to roll out fake news tools in Germany

It is the first major rollout of the fake news features announced by Facebook in December. Facebook has been widely criticised after some users complained that fake news had influenced the US presidential election. Under the new measures, users in Germany will be able to select "It's a fake news story" as an option when reporting another user's post. They can then mark the post as fake news, let the other user know they think it is fake, or block that user. Facebook Germany also said it was looking into penalising websites, which tried to mimic major publishers or misled readers into thinking they were a well-known news source.

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