Facebook fail: Social network scraps ‘disputed’ flags on ‘fake news’

USA Today | Dec. 21, 2017

By Jessica Guynn

Facebook has scrapped an effort to crack down on misinformation on the giant social network by showing “disputed” flags on articles that third-party fact checkers deemed false.

The company made the change after academic research suggested that marking a story as false, or “disputed,” can backfire “and further entrench someone’s beliefs,” Facebook said in a Medium post.

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