Facebook To Launch "Trust" Icons On All Shared Stories

November 17, 2017

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The lines between legitimate and fake news is about to get easier on Facebook.  The company is launching what it calls a trust indicator,” an icon that you can tap to learn more about the publisher of articles shared on Facebook.  The move comes as Facebook and other social media platforms look for ways for people to easily determine of the story they're reading and possibly sharing is legatine or not.  Soon when you share an article, a trust icon will appear on the story which will link information about publishers including their policies on ethics, fact-checking, and corrections, as well as their ownership structure and their masthead. Facebook said it will begin with a small group of publishers and expand over time.  The indicators were developed by the Trust Project, an international consortium of news organizations that transparency to build a more trustworthy and trusted press, which is funded in part by Google and Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist. 

SOURCE: The Verge

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