Facebook fake news

Facebook shareholders press management on fake news

Owners of Facebook stock were rebuffed on Thursday after they called on company leaders to share more information about what they are doing to address the circulation of fake news.

They asked the firm to prepare a report on the subject.

Facebook maintained a report was unnecessary and would not benefit the company.

The proposal, presented at the firm's annual meeting, did not pass. That was expected, since chief executive Mark Zuckerberg controls a majority of the firm's voting power.

New Facebook tool tags fake news

Facebook has now started testing a fake news killer tool that they announced earlier in December, the Guardian reports. The tool shows a warning message when a user tries to share a spurious link.

A glimpse of Facebook’s fact-checking tool shows a Newport Buzz story “The Irish Slave Trade – The Slaves That Time Forgot” marked as ‘disputed by Snopes.com and Associated Press’. It alerts the user about the authenticity of the news content.

Facebook fake news: Zuckerberg details plans to combat problem

Facebook became mired in controversy after some users complained fake news changed the outcome of the US election.

Mr Zuckerberg posted details of several projects to "take misinformation seriously", including methods for stronger detection and verification.

He previously responded to criticism of fake news on Facebook by saying over 99% of its content was "authentic".

Denzel Washington hit by Facebook fake news story on Trump

The post from Facebook page American News has been shared more than 22,000 times since Monday.

It claims Mr Washington praised Mr Trump, saying: "We need more and more jobs.

"He has hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world."

The story also claims Mr Washington called President Barack Obama "anti-Christian".