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How to Spot ‘Fake News’, Lies and Propaganda in Facebook

Now you can spot fake news, propaganda on the Facebook. Daily we see much unrealistic news on the social network which irritates us, and now readers can keep check to this activity

From past few weeks, the Facebook team is working on to address the issue of hoaxes and fake news. They have given facility to reporting towards a fake post and mark it as an inappropriate post. Some of the steps to curb the fake fb posts are given below

Easier reporting: After finding fake news on Facebook you can report it by clicking on the upper right-hand corner of a post.

Facebook launches parent portal to keep kids stay safe online

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Flagging stories as dispute: They introduced a program of Facebook third party fact checking organizations. In this program, it will recognize the fake stories and mark it. If any person sharing the fake news, it will warn the user

Informed Sharing: the Facebook team is looking to improve news according to the reports given by the community. They have found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, and that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way.

Disruptive financial incentives for spammers: Most of the spam and fake news on Facebook are related to financial matters only. Spammers make money by misleading the users.

Some ways to spot the fake news

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  • Check the source: Some hoax sites designed to draw you in for advertising revenue, the feature design the legitimate, well-known websites such as spoofing.
  • Check other coverage areas: If the story is really big and real, all other news sites will publish that news, so once confirm that
  • Research the news: If you find any new strange or fake, just Google it and know the specific information. You can view particular person Facebook or linked in profile if it is news about university just go to their official website and know the accurate info

The Moon is Not Turning Green or Pink: HOAX Going Viral

The trending HOAX is Moon turning Green this April 20 and May 29.

The biggest trending news going viral on all social networking sites is Moon turning Green on April 20 and again on May 29. Are you one among the people who are waiting to watch the big green moon? Oh come on! Don’t you remember the Red Mars Hoax? It’s just the same again. Let me clear you, there is NO truth in Moon turning into green to night.

Do not fall for the false promotions on social media. Green Moon due to the planetary alignment, coinciding on the National Weed day is just a Hoax going viral. The “Pink moon” which will is going to appear on the full moon day of the month i.e.; on Friday April 22 is also a cooked up story. The scientists at NASA and Space.com have demystified these rumors.

This false notion in different blogs claims that the Moon on 20th April and 29th May will appear green in color. The explanation given for this spectacles event is that the green moon is appeared for 90 minutes on 20th April, caused due to alignment of several planets which is rare and takes place once in 420 years. Well, disappointing the stargazers scientists explain that there is no such event going to happen. Mars, Nibiru, Zero-gravity and now, it is green moon hoax message. And unpleasantly, most of the people across the world are implored to share the event on social networking sites.moon turn green april

This green event on April 20 is also referred to as “4-20”- is generally identified as National Weed day which celebrates the smoking of marijuana and cannabis culture. Thus, the Green light story is cooked as the predominant color of 4-20 day is green.

The original part of the green moon deception indicated that the moon would change to hue on May 29 due to moon positions just 4 degrees from the green-hued planet Uranus. And due to this close interaction moon may somehow acquire green sheen from the green planet Uranus which will obviously do not happen.

“ISON’s green color comes from the gases surrounding its icy nucleus,” says SpaceWeather.com’s Tony Phillips. “Jets spewing from the comet’s core probably contain cyanogen (CN: a poisonous gas found in many comets) and diatomic carbon (C2). Both substances glow green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space.”

It notes that the origin of the ridiculous rumor is the Facebook post by Miles Johnson, which was shared 38,000 times on Facebook. It is suggested to develop Critical-logical thinking skills rather than blaming social media for proliferation of such hoaxes.