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San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook

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San Diego-Based Snopes To Help Curb Spread Of Fake News On Facebook


Brooke Binkowski, managing editor, Snopes


The fact-checking website Snopes is one of five organizations that will be working with Facebook to help curb the spread of fake news on the social media site.

Facebook users will be able to report fake news. If enough people report a story as fake it will be sent to the participating organizations. Stories deemed as fake by the organizations will be flagged as "disputed" and will appear lower in people's news feeds. People will also get a warning before they share a "disputed" story.

Other participating organizations include ABC News, The Associated Press, and Politifact. Facebook said the group is expected to expand.

Snopes has offices in San Diego. The site's managing editor, Brooke Binkowski, is also based in San Diego.

Binkowski joined KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to talk about the fact-checking website and its new partnership with Facebook.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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