FALSE FLAG – What the media has wrought:
Facebook is getting rid of its fake news red flags because they were making fabricated media reports appear more believable to its users.
The social network began showing “disputed” warnings next to articles in December to alert people that third party fact-checking websites deemed them misleading.
It will now show a selection of “related articles” next to offending stories instead. These will give more context and could help people learn the facts surrounding a situation through reputable media publications.
When one anti-Trump story after another turns out to be fabricated, exaggerated or twisted around, it’s hard to blame the people for believing other, alternative news sources more, or at least being sceptical about the mainstream media’s designations of what’s fake and what’s not. You reap what you saw.