Facebook Has a New Tool That Will Detect Fake News

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Facebook has introduced a new tool that will help users differentiate between real and fake news, NBC News reports.

The website will now add a “disputed news” flag to stories that have been debunked by third party groups. The tag was announced in December but is finally making its way into the United States. 

The disputed news flag and other new tools will also allow users to flag articles or posts they consider “disputed.”

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After a story is marked, Facebook researchers will have to sort through the flagged stories and determine which need to be sent to fact-checking organizations such as, Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck.org. 

If a story is marked as fake, it will still remain on Facebook, but users will be able to see that it was flagged.

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