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Facebook has been 'terrible' at fact checking, says Utah internet provider

Posted at 5:59 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 19:59:00-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Facebook announced an effort to steer people away from misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.

Their strategy? Send a gentle message to people who like or share false information from suspect sources.

According to Guy Rosen, Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity, the corrective post will look like this:

Pete Ashdown, Founder and President of Utah internet service provider XMission, says Facebook has done a poor job of fact checking in the past.

“They've been terrible at it in my honest opinion, and it's affected our elections which is the core of our democracy,” Ashdown said.

While he welcomes Facebook’s effort, Ashdown says it’s important for individuals to be aware that social media is full of intentional, and often organized, misinformation.