Facebook is making good on its commitment to strip the social network of fake news stories — starting with a handy tool that allows users to flag anything they consider a hoax.
Starting today, Facebook's 1.8 billion users will be able to click the upper right-hand corner of the post to flag content as fake news. Legitimate news outlets won't be able to be flagged.
Flagged stories will then be reviewed by Facebook researchers and sent on to third-party fact-checking organizations for further verification — or marked as fake.
"We believe in giving people a voice and that we cannot become arbiters of truth ourselves, so we're approaching this problem carefully," Adam Mosseri, Facebook's vice president of News Feed, said in a blog post.
Facebook's secret sauce — the algorithm that decides what gets the most prominence in News Feed — will also be tweaked.
If a story is being read but not shared, Mosseri said that may be a sign it's misleading.
"We're going to test incorporating this signal into ranking, specifically for articles that are outliers, where people who read the article are significantly less likely to share it," he said.