A Fb check that promoted feedback containing the phrase pretend to the highest of stories feeds has been criticised by customers.
The trial, which Fb says has now concluded, aimed to prioritise “feedback that point out disbelief”.
It meant feeds from the BBC, the Economist, the New York Occasions and the Guardian all started with a remark mentioning the phrase pretend.
The check, which was seen solely to some customers, left many annoyed.
The feedback appeared on a variety of tales, from ones that could possibly be pretend to ones that have been clearly reliable. The remarks, which would seem on the high of the feedback part, got here from a wide range of individuals however the one factor that that they had in frequent was the phrase pretend.
“Clearly Fb is below huge strain to sort out the issue of faux information, however to query the veracity of each single story is preposterous,” mentioned Jen Roberts, a contract PR marketing consultant.
“Fairly the reverse of combating misinformation on-line, it’s compounding the difficulty by blurring the strains between what’s actual and what is not. My Fb feed has develop into like some terrible Orwellian doublethink experiment.”
Many on Twitter additionally expressed annoyance.
In an announcement, Fb instructed the BBC: “We’re all the time engaged on methods to curb the unfold of misinformation on our platform, and typically run checks to search out new methods to do that. This was a small check which has now concluded.
“We needed to see if prioritising feedback that point out disbelief would assist. We’ll maintain working to search out new methods to assist our group make extra knowledgeable selections about what they learn and share.”
Fb has been below huge strain to cope with the difficulty of faux information because it was singled out as one of many principal distribution factors for hoax tales in the course of the US presidential election.
In August it promised to step up its efforts to combat pretend information by sending extra suspected false tales to fact-checkers.
It additionally launched a brand new characteristic that revealed various information hyperlinks beneath suspect articles.