Ask Facebook to Add Warnings to Fake News
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People being well-informed is vital to a robust and enduring democracy. With the rise of social media competing with well-researched journalistic publications, we have to consider how best to keep journalism free and ethical.
Facebook, as a media company, bears responsibility to its users to present a way to properly evaluate the information they are being presented with. While we should not censor things people want to post or write, we should work to provide warnings, similar to how Facebook now treats violent or graphic content, to give readers better tools to evaluate journalistic publications from click bait, spam, hate sites, and even people that don't know what The Onion Is.
This is not a partisan issue. There are fake news on both sides pushing us farther away from being able to trust the information we're presented with. Let's ask Facebook to add warnings to sites flagged as fake or satire.
- Founder and CEO at Facebook
Almost half of Americans read their news exclusively on Facebook. With the rise in fake news sites, hate sites, hoax sites and even satire getting confused with real news, you owe it to your users to provide a way to determine real news from fake news. People are already developing chrome extensions and Google Docs to try and determine this, but you have the power to easily flag the sites that are known to push false information. We're asking you to treat fake news sites in the same way you have successfully done for graphic and violent content. Adding a warning is the least you can do.
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