Facebook has begun rolling out its much hyped ‘fake news’ crackdown initiative, launching its ‘disputed’ news tag on stories deemed false by fact checking organisations working with the social media giant. The tool appears to have been unveiled without fanfare in the US, but some users have shared screenshots of it in action on Twitter. Facebook has added a question to its help center page entitled “How is news marked as disputed on Facebook?.” The section notes, however,

that this feature is not yet available to everyone. It is unclear how many people currently have access to the ‘fake news’ debunking feature. Facebook introduced their solution to false stories last December amid outcries that so-called fake news influenced the outcome of the US presidential election. These unproven claims have been disputed by a Stanford University/NYU study. READ MORE