Facebook, over the last several months, has been working hard on streamlining the News Feed, and making it somewhere that’s not so loud or overbearing.Essentially, Facebook wants you to spend more time within the News Feed and not necessarily hate the experience so much. As a result of that goal, the search giant has recently announced its plan to whittle down the number of hoax articles, or otherwise false pieces, that show up within the News Feed on any given day.
Facebook’s only real shot at this is by the help of its users, which is why the service will now feature a way to flag an article as false, and not merely as spam. As a result, Facebook will cull that information and work to remove those posts, and posts like it, from ever appearing within the News Feed in the first place.
“Recently, we added an option for people to report a story they see in News Feed as false. This works in the same way as reporting a story as spam. When you click to hide a story you also have the option to report the content. Stories that include scams, or deliberately misleading news, are reported two and a half times more often than links to other news stories.“
Facebook says that the vast majority of publishers on Facebook won’t be affected by the changes to the way that stories can be reported, but says that the aim is essentially to help clean up the feed. The changes should be rolling out now.