Facebook is experiencing a new feature showing alternate sources before reading an article, and it may be one of the best efforts we have ever seen to combat fake news.
The new feature will work with a small addition to 'Related Articles' that first appeared on 2013. Related Articles or Related Articles show relevant content after reading an article in an attempt to read you and share more news on Facebook. With today's test, links to other articles will appear before you even click on anything.
Facebook does not specifically mention that it is trying to fight the fake news in this way, but its direction is clear:
These additional articles, which appear when they talk a lot about them on Facebook, will appear with an add-on under the link. This should provide easier access to additional information, including articles proposed by third parties.
It's a little change, but it could work. Previous attempts to fight fake news have made it point to false stories (which took too much time to do) and to training Facebook members to be able to detect obvious false news.
By displaying the extra links before you click on an article, Facebook is able to ensure that:
- That you really know that there are different perspectives before you are affected by the posts you see.
- That you will see more articles from trusted sources.
- That Facebook does not have to wait for a third checkpoint (which may take a few days) to detect and remove a fake news.
Basically, Facebook seems to test this time a more logical approach to dealing with fake news and balancing bias by simply adding a big red tag to "fake news". In this way, users will be able to determine what is fake on their own.
Of course, it is up to users to find and read the opinions quoted and there may be some who do not want it. At least the largest social network seems to be relieved of all responsibility. Perhaps the new feature still has a long way to go, but it is worth repeating that it seems to be a step in the right direction.