Facebook may soon offer its more than one billion users around the world a way to detect fake new on the website. The company has also added games to its Messenger App.
According to a report in Tech Crunch, the new utility for detecting fake reports in news feeds will be a plugin based on the Chrome plugin B.S. Detector.The publication also got a sneak peek at how the new feature will work. There will be a warning in red script reading, “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending.”
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Facebook has been slammed from just about every corner lately for the proliferation of fake news on the social media giant. People have even blamed Facebook for having a negative impact on the political discourse in America because of fake news feeds and Mark Zuckerberg recently promised to take action about the problem.
But why blame Facebook for this? Why is it that its users just look at the headlines and take for granted that they are true? Why do so few people bother to even read the whole article and find out where the information posted is actually coming from?
The demands on Facebook to take action seem to be more bout people complaining that they want someone else to keep them from making mistakes. They want a warning label because they are not interested in thinking about what they are seeing before assuming that it is true. This is kind of like putting a big bright red warning label on rat poison saying, “Do Not Eat This!”
Facebook is just a form of entertainment and not a political journal and people should remember that. To that end, the company is expanding the features of its Messenger App to include game.
The new gaming system is being introduced in 30 countries and is available for newer iOS and Android operating systems.
It works as follows:
A user opens a conversation with a friend, taps on the game controller icon just below where they type messages, and chooses a game play. After finishing a round, people in the conversation will see the score and will have the opportunity to challenge friends. People can also discover games within the Messenger search field, or on Facebook News Feed where they can play solo or challenge friends back in Messenger.
Facebook said in a blog post, “Messenger just got way more fun — or competitive — depending on how you look at it, with the ability to play games right in your messaging conversations. So when you’re looking for a reason to connect with your best friend who lives on the other side of the world, you can kick off a round of Words with Friends: Frenzy; or try again to beat your roommate at PAC-MAN just once; and of course, you always have time to challenge your brother to EverWing, SPACE INVADERS, TRACK & FIELD 100M, Galaga, and many other Instant Games.”
So remember, Facebook is basically just a big toy. Use it for games and to have fun with your friends. But stop looking to Facebook to tell you what is happening in the world.