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Thursday, November 24, 2016

How do Facebook, Google and AdSense Combat Misinformation or Fake News Produced and Published by Those Publishers or Owners of Fake Websites?

4 Ways to Spot a Fake News Story | What the Stuff?

Are you a victim of fake news or fake websites? This page is open to share your experiences. Presently Facebook, Google and AdSense are combating misinformation or fake news produced and published by those publishers or owners of fake websites.

On November 19, 2016, Mark Zuckerberg said, "We take misinformation seriously. Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information. We've been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We've made significant progress, but there is more work to be done."

While Google and AdSense are also on the way to block fake news. In a statement made by Google on November 15, 2016 said, "Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher's content, or the primary purpose of the web property."

The Internet allows writers to write anything without peer review, qualifications, or backup documentation. Whereas a book found in a library generally has been reviewed and edited, Internet sources do not have the same filter. They may be produced and put out to the world to see as soon as the writing is finished. 

According to Anne Mintz, editor of Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet, the best ways to find if information is factual is to use common sense. Look to see if information makes sense, if the founders or reporters of the sites are biased or have an agenda, and look at where the sites may be found. It is highly recommended to look at other sites for that information, as it might be published and heavily researched, providing more concrete details.

Wikipedia defines Fake news websites as websites that publish hoaxes and fraudulent misinformation to drive web traffic inflamed by social media.  These sites are distinguished from news satire because they intend to mislead and profit from readers believing the stories to be true.

If you were a victim of fake news or fake websites, you may share your experiences here and I would appreciate them.

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