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Facebook alters News Feed feature to reduce spread of fake news

Facebook Inc. will no longer show disputed flags alongside links to potential false news on its platform. Instead, the social media company will display related articles that will provide context to a story, the company announced.

The related articles feature on the social media platform will appear on a user's news feed before clicking on a link to an article. Using related articles lead to fewer shares of fake articles as compared to the disputed flag warning, based on tests the company carried out, which began in April, according to a separate post by Facebook News Feed Product Designer Jeff Smith on Medium. The related articles feature will also show fact-checked information.

The company does retain some of the "strongest parts" of their previous process, such as sending a notification to people who shared an article that has recently been disputed by fact checkers.