>> 900 million monthly active->> Facebook now taking steps to crack down on fake news posts after facing criticism over failing to stem a flood of false news articles that some say may have effected the outcome of the US elections. In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, quote.
We've been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We've made significant progress, but there is more work to be done. Initially, Zuckerberg had tried to downplay the concerns, saying that less than 1% of the news posted to the social media site was false.
On Friday, Facebook outlined several tools to tackle this issue, including the use of stronger technology to detect false content before people flag it. Zuckerberg also said Facebook would make it easier to report fake news, work with third party verification organizations and journalists on fact-checking, and possibly post warning labels on content that has been flagged as false.
Among the fake news posts that circulated ahead of the US election were reports wrongly alleging Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump. And that a federal agent who had been investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was found dead.