Remember when Facebook was planning to charge its users a membership fee, or when Paul Krugman had declared bankruptcy? Don’t forget the time when people thought they could actually charge their iPhones by heating the devices up in microwaves.
As we all now know, none of these news stories were true, but they all were hot on the Internet for many days. And they all went viral on Facebook, passed on by the gullible masses.
With a user base of 1.35 billion members, the leading social media website has finally realized its responsibility, and wants to weed hoax stories from its users’ news feeds.
In a recently released statement, Facebook Inc. announced that a new option for "reporting false stories" has been added to the website.
If you see a news story that you think is a hoax, all you have to do is click on the post to hide the story, and report its content as false.
“To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false. News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed. This update will apply to posts including links, photos, videos and status updates,” said Facebook.
The website claims that this update won’t impact majority of the publishers; only the publishers that frequently post hoaxes and scams will be affected.