Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday laid out the latest steps by his company to weed out fake news, amid growing criticism over the possible impact misinformation on the social network had on swaying the U.S. presidential election outcome.
The company has found itself thrust at the center of the debate on fake news, with even U.S. President Barack Obama lamenting the spread of misinformation on the social media platform. A report released earlier this week showed that more Facebook users engaged with misleading stories than real, mainstream reporting.
In a late night post, Zuckerberg said the amount of misinformation on Facebook was small but the company took the matter seriously.
He said Facebook will strive to enhance its ability to detect false news while also making it easier for people to report fake stories.
Another aspect of Facebook's plan was third-party verification. Zuckerberg said Facebook had reached out to many fact-checking organizations and was hoping to hear from others as well.
Other measures to stamp out fake news included labeling stories that had been identified as false by third parties or Facebook's community and showing warnings when people read or share them.