Do you know the signs of a fake news story?

The facebook advert which is being carried by newspapers
The facebook advert which is being carried by newspapers

Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in newspapers.

The adverts carry a list of 10 things to look out for when deciding if a story is genuine.

They include checking the article date and website address, as well as making sure it isn’t intended as satire.

Facebook is under pressure to tackle fake news in the run up to the general election on June 8.

The company said it had already removed “tens of thousands” of fake Facebook accounts and that systems were now monitoring the repeated posting of the same content or a sharp increase in messaging. Accounts displaying this activity are then flagged, it added.

Facebook is also decreasing the ranking of stories that people tend to read but not share.

Last month Conservative MP Damian Collins asked Facebook to tackle fake news in the run up to the UK general election on 8 June.

He said: “The danger is, if for many people the main source of news is Facebook and if the news they get on Facebook is mostly fake news, they could be voting based on lies.”

Simon Milner, Facebook’s UK director of policy said: “People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we,To help people spot false news we are showing tips to everyone on Facebook on how to identify if something they see is false.”

The Wigan Post together with newspapers across Johnston Press are backing a campaign to promote awareness of fake news, including #trustednewsday this Friday (May 12) in the lead up to Local Newspaper Week which begins on Monday.