As we announced late last year, FactCheck.org is partnering with Facebook on an initiative that allows the social network’s users to report news that they suspect is fake. The announcement came after concerns about the proliferation of fake stories, especially on Facebook, during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post after the election that of all the content on Facebook, “only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes” and that it was “extremely unlikely” that hoaxes had an impact on the outcome of the election. “That said,” he added, “we don’t want any hoaxes on Facebook.”
You can view our articles that are part of this project by clicking on the blue “Facebook Initiative” button on the right side of our homepage.
Facebook users can help by reporting stories in their news feeds that they suspect are fake. We’ll show you how to do that using a story that we’ve already debunked as an example.
First, you would click on the little gray arrow in the top right-hand corner of the post. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “report post.”
Another menu will appear. Click on “it’s a false news story.”
Click “continue.” A final menu will appear. Click “Mark this post as fake news.”
A check will appear, and you can click “done.”
The version of the fake news story about President Donald Trump sending former President Barack Obama a bill isn’t flagged in the above post, but here’s what another post looks like:
Other news outlets are also participating in this initiative, so they may show up in the disputed tags as well, just as the Associated Press appears in the example above.
For help identifying potentially fake stories, you can read our guide to spotting fake news, or feel free to email us at editor@FactCheck.org.