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How to Report Fake News on Facebook

by Suzanne Kantra on March 07, 2017

Facebook has received a lot of criticism for not doing enough to address the issue of fake news. Now, you can help stop the spread of misinformation. Facebook is currently rolling out the ability for readers to report stories to Facebook that they believe are fake news.

How does it work? When Facebook receives enough complaints about a story, it will be sent to an independent third party, like, PolitiFact and the Associated Press for fact checking. All fact checkers have agreed to abide by the non-partisan Poynter Code of Principles when determining whether a story is fake.  The code of principles are: 

  • A commitment to non-partisanship and fairness
  • A commitment to transparency of sources
  • A commitment to transparency of funding and organization
  • A commitment to transparency of methodology
  • A commitment to open and honest corrections

If the fact checkers determine that the story is fake, it will be marked as "disputed." That doesn't mean the stories won't show up in your feed, but they will be marked.

Facebook disputed news story

If you click on the bar that says "Disputed by..." you have the option of going to the independent fact-checking website to learn more about why it was marked. 

How to report a fake news story on Facebook

Click on the down arrow next to the story you want to mark as fake news and click on "Report post"

Click on "It's a fake news story"

Click on "Mark this post as fake news" You'll also be given to option to block future posts from the news source. 

Facebook is currently rolling out the feature, so if you don't see it in your News Feed yet, you will soon. 

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From Debra Coker on March 07, 2017 :: 1:39 pm

If they’re expecting Snopes to be non-partisan, they are seriously fooling themselves.



From Steve Powell on March 07, 2017 :: 8:30 pm

Debra Coker, I agree. Snopes has been found to partisan more often than not.



From Martin Burns on October 04, 2017 :: 8:59 am

Can you share where it’s been shown - with hard data - that they are biased? The founders are a non-voting Canadian immigrant, and a guy who registered as Republican in 2000 (he’s since gone to non-affiliation).



From facebook10211032032174547 on July 15, 2017 :: 4:27 pm

How can I report ugly racist, sexist Comments.  Seems no option for this.



From Jessica on December 30, 2018 :: 7:21 pm

Stop using Facebook, if you cannot handle another person’s opinion


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