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Facebook Says Its Fake News Label Helps Reduce The Spread Of A Fake Story By 80%

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A news story that’s been labeled false by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The message also said it typically takes “over three days” for the label to be applied to a false story, and that Facebook wants to work with its partners to speed the process.

The data about the effectiveness of Facebook’s fact-checking partnership initiative was contained in a brief email sent today by Jason White, Facebook’s manager of news partnerships, to the company’s fact-checking partners.

“We have been closely analyzing data over several weeks and have learned that once we receive a false rating from one of our fact checking partners, we are able to reduce future impressions on Facebook by 80 percent,” White wrote.

A Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the system begins to “demote” a story in the News Feed after a single fact-checker finds it to be false. The label is then applied to a link once at least two checkers rate it false.

BuzzFeed, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 12, 2017