Facebook on Misinformation

Facebook in a statement to TechCrunch :

We take misinformation on Facebook very seriously. We value authentic communication, and hear consistently from those who use Facebook that they prefer not to see misinformation. In Newsfeed we use various signals based on community feedback to determine which posts are likely to contain inaccurate information, and reduce their distribution. In Trending we look at a variety of signals to help make sure the topics being shown are reflective of real-world events, and take additional steps to prevent false or misleading content from appearing. Despite these efforts we understand there’s so much more we need to do, and that is why it’s important that we keep improving our ability to detect misinformation. We’re committed to continuing to work on this issue and improve the experiences on our platform.

There’s a huge problem on both Facebook and Twitter regarding misinformation and fake, spam, and bot accounts. So far both companies have failed to adequately address the issue. Both of these companies have a responsibility as the vehicle by which most people get their news and are informed about world events to ensure that the information is accurate.

While it’s heartening to see Facebook is at least cognizant of the issue, words do not equal action. We’ll see if and how the words translate in the coming months.