Facebook quietly tests warnings on fake news


Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained this screenshot of the warning from a source. The warning reads “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending” In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason.

The warnings are one of the first visible demonstration of the approaches to fighting fake news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out last month. We’ve reached out to Facebook with a request for comment and will update if we receive a response.

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The fake news flag tests appear to have been running for over a week, though they seem to be vanishing from some users’ feeds as quickly as they appear. That behavior is in line…

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