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Facebook starts asking users if headlines are accurate

Facebook has started battle with fake news on this social network

Facebook has a huge issue with fake news stories that are spread out on the social media network, and now it's hoping users can help. Facebook users are reporting that Facebook is asking them survey questions to help figure out whether news headlines are accurate.

It's unclear how many individuals are included in this survey or what, Facebook plans to do with the info it gathers. However, this appears to be part of Facebook's strategies to deal with the problems of clickbait and fake news that are plaguing the social media network.

What's odd about these survey questions is that they are connected to posts from popular media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and Rolling Stone. Granted, there aren't enough examples made public to see if less reputable websites are being polled as well. As we saw during our partisan news test on Facebook there are lots of fake news websites pumping stories into Facebook that the social media network could poll users about.

However, it's clear that Facebook is not instantly whitelisting established media organizations. That suggests the test, or at least parts of it, could be judging users just as much as they are judging news stories.

After all, fake news and clickbait headlines spread because users who either cannot tell when a news story is fake or aren't reading further before sharing. And almost everyone is vulnerable to sharing a fake story or something with a misleading headline.