Facebook’s new fact-checking system is having no effect on fake news

Recent efforts by Facebook to stop the proliferation of fake news is having no effect according to a respected fact-checking organisation.

“Fake news is flying thick and fast,” said Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of Snopes, a highly respected fact-checking site partnering with Facebook to review content flagged by users as potentially false.

The Guardian asked Ms Binkowski if she believes Facebook’s new system is having an effect on false news through the use of tags, and she replied: “I honestly can’t tell.”

There is even anecdotal evidence that a fake news warning by Facebook can cause increased shared of an fake news article.

Despite this, most partner organisation believes the initiative is a step in the right direction.

Xana O’Neill, managing editor of ABC News Digital, said she believes the process is having a positive impact, but adds that Facebook is refusing to provide actual data to support the initiative.