A new blog post has just been released by the Facebook whose main outline represents the efforts of Facebook which it has made till now to stop the spread of false and misleading news for the better working of this platform. Though still there are some of the metrics errors and scandals which are reported by the social media networks. According to the three independent analysis report of Facebook that was conducted by researchers from the University of Stanford, and the other researches, the conclusion is same that Facebook has been successful to some extent in stopping the false news to spread.
According to the statement of Facebook, Facebook had not provided any data for this research and the whole research was conducted on the datasets which are generally available to the public. This seems that this research is still conducted on a limited scope because of the availability of less data than Facebook itself could provide. In the other way, according to the reports and the research, the false news are now reaching less on the social media networks that they use to be before. The report suggests that Facebook has about 50 percent less fake news than it was in the year 2016.
While according to another study, the number of fake news and unreliable sights linked with Facebook is now halved in France as compared to the year 2015. Well, this is good news for almost every social media user that Facebook is on its way to win the war against false news and misinformation and it means that Facebook is now a few steps closer to eliminate that as the concern of the society.
The other thing is that when we combine the continuous crackdown on the questionable resources with the latest research that has just been done, which shows that consumers are also having a rapid increase in wary of the authenticity of the news contents on social media platforms. This seems to be a positive picture of social media channels for the users and it also provides a better room for content sharing on social media platforms. Well, one thing is sure that now we are not misinformed about anything on social media and there is nothing left unquestionable till now.
But, this is really not the complete story as Facebook says that this research has been conducted on just the available public resources which means that there is a lot still excluded from the study by being a part of non-public resources. Like the messaging apps of the social media platforms are non-public and their data is still not used in the studies.
With the passage of time, in recent years, we have observed a dramatic change in the using patterns of social media platforms. This change in patterns and the activity shift include more use of non-public forums like messaging apps and groups rather than the public platforms which have made the scope of this research limited.