A day after US President Barack Obama criticised Facebook for spreading fake news that favoured Donald Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new steps to counter fake news on the platform, a media report said.
“We take misinformation seriously,” The Guardian cited Zuckerberg’s post on Saturday as saying.
“We know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously,” the Facebook CEO said.
Zuckerberg said that the company
has “relied on our community to help us understand what is fake and what is not”, citing a tool to report false links and shared material from fact-checking sites.
“Similar to clickbait, spam and scams, we penalise [misinformation] in News Feed so it’s much less likely to spread,” Zuckerberg wrote.
On Friday Obama said,” In an age where there’s so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television.”