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How to recognize the fake news: instructions from Facebook

10 tips from the social network for those who do not want to become a victim of information deception.

Facebook has published a simple instruction in the UK’s largest newspapers as part of its campaign to raise users’ awareness of fake news. According to the authors, although all of these items are well known to journalists as a means of standard verification, they hope that it will be easier for the reader to understand whether the news is fabricated.

According to representatives of the social network, they have already blocked tens of thousands of accounts that were caught in the spread of fake news. The publication of the instructions in The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph is due to the fact that a month later in the UK parliamentary elections will be held.

On the eve of this, MP Damian Collins asked the sotsset to deal with fake news, pointing out that “for many people the main source of information about what is happening in the country is Facebook”. According to him, if the news that people read is false, then they will vote in the elections on the basis of false information.

Commenting on the campaign, Facebook’s UK director Simon Milner said: “People want to see the exact information on Facebook, and so do we.”


1. Be skeptical of the headlines.

2. Check the web address referenced by the publication.

3. Study the source.

4. Pay attention to unusual formatting.

5. Study the attached photos.

6. Check publication date

7. Study the evidence to which the author of the publication refers.

8. See how other publications are writing about this event.

9. Make sure the story is not a joke?

10. Remember that some stories are deliberately filed as false (satirical news and rallies).

Facebook’s fight with fake news began after the US elections in November 2016, when the social network was accused of disseminating false information. Analysis conducted by BuzzFeed showed that in the last three months of the presidential campaign in the United States, fake news turned out to be more popular on Facebook than real ones.

In the same period, Google and Facebook promised to deprive the advertising revenue of the distributors of fake news. Mark Zuckerberg said that he intends to combat the spread of fakes, although he previously called the assumption that the fictitious news was influenced by the outcome of the vote as a “crazy idea.”

In January 2017, Facebook launched its own journalistic project to create high-quality journalism, cooperation with the media and training users of news literacy.

In March 2017, journalists checked how the algorithm works to combat fake news and found that Facebook has prevented users from publishing already disproven publications.

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