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Facebook hires community reviewers to assist with fact-checking

Facebook is hiring "community reviewers" to assist with fact-checking.

Mark Zuckerberg's firm have announced they are taking new measures to tackle the spreading of fake news on the social media app, by recruiting employees who will scour posts and "flag" anything that "isn't corroborated" to their fast-checkers.

In a blog post, Facebook product manager Henry Silverman explained: "For example, if there is a post claiming that a celebrity has died and community reviewers don't find any other sources reporting that news -- or see a report that the same celebrity is performing later that day -- they can flag that the claim isn't corroborated.

"Fact-checkers will then see this information as they review and rate the post."

It comes after Facebook and Instagram vowed to "keep confirmed misinformation from spreading", especially in the run up to the 2020 US Elections.

They wrote on their website: "On Facebook and Instagram, we work to keep confirmed misinformation from spreading. For example, we reduce its distribution so fewer people see it - on Instagram, we remove it from Explore and hashtags, and on Facebook, we reduce its distribution in News Feed. On Instagram, we also make content from accounts that repeatedly post misinformation harder to find by filtering content from that account from Explore and hashtag pages for example.

"And on Facebook, if Pages, domains or Groups repeatedly share misinformation, we'll continue to reduce their overall distribution and we'll place restrictions on the Page's ability to advertise and monetise. Over the next month, content across Facebook and Instagram that has been rated false or partly false by a third-party fact-checker will start to be more prominently labeled so that people can better decide for themselves what to read, trust and share. The labels below will be shown on top of false and partly false photos and videos, including on top of Stories content on Instagram, and will link out to the assessment from the fact-checker."

Facebook have been running the feature on their own site for a while and have recently brought it over to Instagram.

They added: "Much like we do on Facebook when people try to share known misinformation, we're also introducing a new pop-up that will appear when people attempt to share posts on Instagram that include content that has been debunked by third-party fact-checkers."

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