These college students just solved Facebook's fake news problem, and, woah
We’re probably all in agreement that Facebook is generally pretty great, but sometimes there are kinks. One of them being that it’s hard to prevent fake, unreliable news from spreading incredibly fast.
But Uproxx just let us know that four college students solved Facebook’s problem in two days!
And it was a problem, because imagine reading about a rock concert and then discovering that it’s a hoax (after you shared it with your friends). Or when misinformation could have serious ramifications, like, we don’t know, during a presidential election.
So how did these Princeton students figure out a solution for this majorly disruptive issue?
Well, they built a link verifier called FiB, which you can install as a Chrome extension. Basically it scans and checks all the data, sources and images and marks the story “verified” or “not verified.” If you accidentally share something that’s fake, it gently informs you.
Okay, this is officially genius. Especially if you’re sick of seeing fake news plastered all over your feed.
Kudos to these students for figuring it out before Mark Zuckerberg and his team! We expect great things from these youngins’.
Hopefully this extension makes Facebook more user-friendly, and discourages the whole concept of fake news in general. Because, why?!