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Facebook changing how it identifies ‘fake news’ stories

In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
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NEW YORK – Facebook says it is changing how it identifies “fake news” stories on its platform to a more effective system.

The social-media network had put “disputed” labels on stories that fact-checkers found false. Instead, now it will bring up “related articles” next to the false stories that give context from fact-checkers on the stories’ problems.

Facebook said Wednesday that in its tests, fewer hoax articles were shared when they had fact-checkers’ articles spooled up next to them than when they were labeled with “disputed” flags.

The new approach also may help speed up the fact-checking system, which sometimes worked too slowly . Now information from just one checker can be shown next to the false story. The labeling system required two fact-checkers.

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