Facebook’s answer to fake news is an “i” button
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Fake News and Facebook have almost become synonymous to each other, especially after the string of exposes that proved the social networking giant was an active contributor to the distribution of stories that were fake, baseless and not factual. Facebook has been hard at work trying to counter the allegations and recently, it has come out with a feature that provides users with additional information that will provide readers with context and let them judge the validity of a news piece by themselves.

The feature comes in the form of an "i" button which appears in the upper-right corner of a news article. Tapping the button will bring up contextual information about the publisher taken from Facebook and other sources. The publisher's Wikipedia entry, a follow button, trending articles, related articles and more information are provided to the user. Now it is up to the reader to decide whether there is any truth to the news he is reading.


The feature is under limited testing right now and only people who have chosen to participate in the test will see the "i" button in the articles. It is the latest tool to come out of Facebook Journalism Project that was started to tackle the menace of fake news. Facebook is gathering publisher and user feedback before making the feature public.

The Menlo Park giant noted that most business pages will encounter "any significant changes in the distribution in News Feed as a result of this test." But then again, Facebook urged publishers to follow the best practices while posting stories that are not fake.