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Facebook tries to cut down on hoaxes

Facebook trying to cut down on scams and false news stories in feed, but says satire is OK

Facebook tries to cut down on hoaxes

Facebook has a new fix for fibs.

The Menlo Park, California-based social media company said Tuesday that it has updated its service to reduce the number of hoaxes that appear in users' news feeds. These posts -- which include scams or deliberately false or misleading news stories -- can annoy users.

Facebook will look at how often users report an item as false -- a new feature -- and how often users delete the item.

Facebook won't remove the items. But it will reduce how often offending posts show up in news feeds. Posts will also appear with a message saying that many others on Facebook have reported it as false.

Facebook says humorous and satirical content should not be affected.

Updated : 2021-09-25 14:46 GMT+08:00