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Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news

The flaws highlight a fundamental question that will be asked this week when internet companies testify in front of Congressional committees

Sarah Frier | Bloomberg 

Facebook outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that floods the social network, according to interviews with people involved in the process. And screenshots obtained by Bloomberg reveal a process that some partners say is too cumbersome and inefficient to stop misinformation duplicating and spreading. “There is no silver bullet,” Facebook said in a statement. “This is part of a multi-pronged approach to combating false news. We have seen real progress in our efforts so far, but are not nearly done ...

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First Published: Tue, October 31 2017. 02:51 IST