How To Spot And Report Fake News On Facebook

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Facebook does contain cool information and posts but it is not free of spam. How often do you come across false news or stories in your news feed? Too often? Well, did you know apart from ignoring it and scrolling down to read other stories in your feed you can flag it as fake? Flagging such posts will not only keep uploader of fake news away but also protect others from getting the incorrect information. In this tutorial, you will find the steps to report fake news on Facebook from the website or Android/iOS app.

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How To Identify Fake News On Facebook?

It’s very important to know how to spot fake news On Facebook or else you might end up considering a piece of fake news as genuine. Here are a few tips you can consider to spot fake news

Look at the headings more carefully – If the heading of news is way over the top or if it’s too catchy, then there’s definitely something fishy about it. To confirm, observe the claims made in the headings if they are too shocking or unbelievable then most probably it’s fake news.

Inspect the images and videos – The people behind fake news always use morphed images and videos as clickbait to attract more eyeballs. Be conscious and always look for photoshopped images and fake videos in the post.

Watch for other reliable sources –  The best way to confirm whether the news is fake or not is to look at other reliable news sources. If the news is fake you won’t find it elsewhere, and if it’s genuine then it must be covered by other sources as well.

Look for unusual Formatting – People who spread fake news are least bothered about the format, spellings, and grammatical errors. Therefore you will see that these fake news have a lot of such errors in their post. Read it more carefully and if you find such mistakes more than often, then its right time to flag it as fake.

Always investigate the source – If you are in a dilemma whether the post you are reading is fake or not, it’s better to investigate the source of it. Check the About section of the uploader to know more about them. If the news is not from a reliable source then the chances of it being fake are really high.

Report Fake News on Facebook

The procedure remains the same for the app as well as the website. Here, we have used screenshots from the website.

1. Open Facebook and login if you haven’t already logged into your account.

2. Go the post which you want to report as fake. Click on the three dots icon at the top right of the post and select Find Support or Report Post.

report fake news on Facebook

3. Once you do that, select a problem to continue and then click on Send.

Select a problem

4. A new window will appear with a list of options to Block, Unfollow or Unlike the uploader. You can take the desired action or click on Done to complete the process.

spot Fake news on Facebook

Important Tip:  If you want to report a post from a group, then you get two options to do that. You can either report it to the Admin of that group or Facebook.

report fake news in group

With this, you have reported Facebook for the inappropriate news. If you wish you can block, unlike(if it’s a page), hide all posts from that account while still following or message the account who published that post.

What Is Facebook Doing To Fight Fake News?

Fake news is a trap we all fall on a daily basis on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. It’s not that fake news didn’t exist before the rise of Social media, but the social networking sites are working as fuel in the fire. Earlier if a hundred people were prone to misinformation, in the age of social media that number has reached millions.

Facebook has taken it seriously and they have already taken some major steps to combat misinformation on its platform. The first big step Facebook has taken is that they are going to cease the financial incentives of fakers. The most obvious reason behind spreading fake news is earning monetary benefits from Ads but after this fakers won’t earn a penny( not from Facebook at least).

The other good thing is that Facebook is going to take the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning programs to detect fake stories.  Also, if enough users report a post as spam or fake then Facebook will send it to Fact-checking organizations to review its authenticity. This will overall reduce the misinformation from Facebook.

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Now you know how to detect fake news and report it on Facebook, but please note that reporting post with correct information is not going to work. Facebook uses other signals like shares and more to detect hoax news stories. Also, they are working with fact-checking organization to address this issue in a much better way. If you found the information useful then don’t forget to share to help others in flagging fake posts.

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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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