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Facebook chops down news feed hoaxes

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Facebook has repeatedly been staging restless efforts to make its social network offering a premium one with an impeccable user experience. This time the social network giant has decided to chop down hoaxes that appear in News feed every now and then.

Hoaxes are a form of News Feed spam that includes scams (“Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee”), or deliberately false or misleading news stories (“Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah”). People often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked.

In its ongoing attempt to end the click-bait, Facebook is now empowering you with an option to report such misleading or fake posts. On gathering a considerable number of such reports, Facebook will cut the oxygen and stop further distribution of the content. Well, that’s all Facebook can do to make you feel that you are the boss of your Facebook account. You can thank Facebook team for tweaking up its algorithm.

Result? A filtered good looking news feed full of updates from your friends and acquaintances. In a long run, this initiative will bring down millions of such fake posts and eventually enhance the user experience, the aspect that every user demands for.

In the words of Facebook-

To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false. News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed.

Furthermore, Facebook is also flagging such posts with a note saying “Many people on Facebook have reported that this story contains fake information”. This is to help you point out such fake posts and take actions accordingly.


To report a story, click on more options for that post and select the option saying “This is a false story” and consider it gone.


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