In what seems to be the toughest year for Facebook, the tech giant is gearing up to overhaul the platform. Earlier last week Facebook announced a hub for all of its privacy and data security settings and an option for users to download all the data that has been collected by Facebook. Today Facebook has announced an update on its timeline to combat fake news.
The update is also aimed at helping Facebook users realize the source of the article along with other contextual references. That apart the new update will also let you know which one of your friends is sharing the news stories from unreliable sources. Facebook has apparently tested the update from last one year. As part of the update, Facebook users will now be able to check out the sources Wikipedia article alongside a heat map that shows when and by who the story has been shared before.
Facebook users can also access the list of recent articles posted by the news source. In a nutshell, Facebooks new timeline feature will help the users decide on the authenticity of the article. This feature inadvertently also tells you which of your friends are sharing the fake news or news from an untrusty website/source. Perhaps this is something that will help us mute such people and steer away from being influenced by fake propaganda.
The update is already being rolled out for the US users. Facebook developers told that they were particularly inspired by the “Related Articles” feature and extended a variation of the same for flagging fake news. Info warfare seems to be at an all-time high. Typically, with the proximity of the election season, thousands of fake news factory start churning out clickbaity news laced with their propaganda. The most famous of all has been the 3-year Russian Campaign that used propaganda tools to influence the U.S voters. A majority of users who are naive to the ways of internet end up buying such fake propaganda and the result is nothing short of a political catastrophe.