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Facebook ramps up efforts against fake news

Facebook Inc. is stepping up its efforts to prevent fake news from spreading on its platform, Bloomberg reported, citing a company blog post.

The company has developed a software algorithm that flags stories deemed suspicious, which are then sent to third-party fact checkers for review, according to the Aug. 3 report.

Upon reviewing the post, the fact checkers may write a story below the original content on the Facebook news feed, debunking it or providing context.

The social media networking giant has reportedly been working with fact checkers such as Snopes and Politifact, and has tagged stories as "disputed by Snopes.com" earlier this year.

In April, Facebook vowed to intensify its crackdown on what it calls "information operations," or actions taken by organized actors to spread disinformation and false news.