Facebook, the giant social networking site is taking various initiatives to stop the spread of false and misleading news on its platform.Facebook is educating users about the ways in which they can identify and tackle false news

Also, recently various firms like Mozilla, Facebook and others have come together with a news integrity initiative to stop the spread of fake news. The company has also started “The Facebook Journalism Project” to spread new literacy among its users.

In the month of March, the giant social network has launched “Disputed” tag to report the fake news and prevent it from becoming viral.

According to the latest news, the company has rolled out the new educational tool that will help users to identify and tackle the fake news.

What is the difference between False news and Fake news?

The users need to know that the term fake news and false news is one and the same. Facebook says that the term false news seems to more appealing than fake news. Since, the false news means the news that carries false and misleading content, which confuse the readers.

The ways to identify whether the news is true or false.

The new tool launched by the company is known as an educational tool. The educational tool is currently available in 14 countries including the United States. The users can see an alert present on top of the News Feed. If the user clicks on “Tips To Spot False News”, then they will be directed to the Facebook Help Center, where they can view a list of things in which they can identify false news.

The list mentions very basic things that users should follow before clicking in the news and visiting a particular web page to read the full article. The company feels that little measures taken by users will make it easier to tackle the false news.

The list of things that educational tool includes are as follows:

  • Be skeptical about the headlines: The users need to know that false news stories have a very attractive headline with all capital letters and exclamation mark.
  • Observe the URL properly: A look-alike URL may indicate that the news is false. Many fake news stories have the URL that is almost similar to the reliable news website with small changes.
  • Investigate the source: If you find that news is coming from some unfamiliar or unknown website, you should check the “About” section of that site.
  • Watch for Unusual formatting: Many false news websites have a weird layout with misspellings, carefully observe this.
  • Consider the photos: Some news contain manipulated pictures and videos, so in this case, you can check the source of that image or video.
  • Verify the dates
  • Check for evidence: Verify the author’s source. Unknown or anonymous authors may write misleading news.
  • Check alternative reports

It should be a news and should not sound like a story or some humorous joke.