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facebook tackling fake news

Introducing Facebook’s new feature…

In an attempt to tackle the ever-growing issue of fake news sweeping the web, Facebook has introduced a new feature, helping to silence trolls / bots and irrelevant comments. Whilst this feature is still on trial, and yet to be introduced in the UK, some users will start to notice a small arrow beneath comments, thus allowing them to upvote or downvote on the post comments.

 

Facebook is trying down votes out on certain users, for certain days of the week to trial UK publics reaction to the idea. The tool, which appears on some public posts, will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them.

 

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced in January Facebook would undergo a number of changes to the news feed. This is in a bid to help promote posts and engagement between family and friends, whilst down-ranking posts made by brands and companies. With the upvote / down vote feature being one of the ideas introduced for this strategy. The main objective behind this voting system is to push engaging and relevant comments up, whilst moving down disrespectful and rude ones. This is reportedly in response to users telling Facebook they want to explore more ways of making sure public discussions are constructive, despite the fact that some people may disagree with one another.

 

Furthermore, a Facebook spokesperson made it clear that this new trial feature isn’t a ‘dislike button’ instead it is designed to flag up negative comments. The voting system is completely anonymous meaning you won’t get any backlash on what you vote and will help produce constructive dialogue. This feature isn’t entirely new, many users will notice similarities between Facebooks up vote / down vote feature and a method which has already been implemented on Reddit.

 

Despite all the speculation and the statements from Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook officials, they platform is yet to confirm whether this will be a permanent feature, or temporary. It does however appear to be rolling out to more users, especially in Australia and New Zealand.

 

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