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Can Facebook make a difference in combating fake news?

Facebook can combat fake news

It's too big a problem to solve

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Facebook's new initiative, which aims to educate users on how to spot fake news and better decipher accurate information, is part of a larger and ongoing collaboration with international news and media literacy organizations that will combat the proliferation and influence of fake news. The platform aims to stop the spread of misinformation through many joint initiatives, writes Craig Silverman in Buzzfeed. According to Silverman, Facebook sees its mission to provide accurate information as part of its responsibility, especially after all of the criticism it got for its role in spreading fake news stories during the election.  

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The problem of fake news is too big for Facebook to solve, writes Mathew Ingram in Fortune. Despite the money and resources it is spending on trying to crack down on fake news, people interested in generating false content will find ways around imposed restrictions, argues Ingram, adding that many have already used visual memes as opposed to linking to fake news stories. Media experts also need to first agree on the definition of fake news before they can solve the issue. More daunting is that Facebook updates won't fix the underlying and deeper factors at play: That America is in the midst of a culture and information war, argues Ingram.

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