Facebook adds a new feature to tackle "low-quality" content

Date Published: April 12, 2019 Last Updated: April 12, 2019

Every one in two Indians have received fake news in the past 30 days, a study has claimed. Although Facebook and WhatsApp have been fighting against fake news and misinformation, by inducing transparency in political ads, getting a set of fact-checkers, and commissioning tools to weed out false information, the circulation of misinformation is still rampant. WhatsApp said it had made significant product changes and collaborated with partners across civil society to address the consequences of

  • Facebook has announced a new feature called Click-Gap, which is designed to measure if a link is spread disproportionately on the platform as opposed to the rest of the internet.
  • According to a blog post from Facebook VP of Integrity Guy Rosen and Tessa Lyons, Head of News Feed integrity, Click-Gap is designed to help users see less "low-quality content" in their News Feed.
  • Facebook will also take admin and moderator content violations into account, and launch a new Group Quality feature to explain why content has been flagged or punitive action has been taken against a group. The platform will also list all fake news found in a group.
  • Facebook members can now take down their posts and comments even after they have existed from a group,
  • Facebook is also adding more information to its Page quality tab and has added trust indicators in March, which is powered by the Trust Project, to the Context Button on news stories explaining a publication's fact-checking practices, ethics statements, corrections, ownership, and funding when its content is shared on Facebook.