This “App” Might Help You Protect Yourself From Fake News Online

Are you tired of fake news spreading poison from your Facebook feed? Apparently, a group of media professionals are. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in cooperation with Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility have launched Fakeblok, a Chrome plug-in that flags fake news on Facebook.

It lets you know when a  post from a fake news site appears on your feed. It will be grayed out and a caption will caution you against clicking or sharing it.

It will look like this.

Fakeblok - fake news blocker

How to use Fakeblok

Stop fake news from spreading in three easy steps.

  1. Download Fakeblok from the Chrome store.
  2. When you see a fake news site, report it at fakeblok.com.
  3. You’ll be notified the next time site appears on your feed, so you won’t click or share it.

With this tool brands may also check the credibility of sites they advertise on. The Fakeblok website urges brands to pull out their ads from fake news sites.

As of publishing time, over two million people have downloaded the extension.

So what do you think? Will you use Fakeblok? Do you think it can help solve the problem of fake news?

Share your thoughts below!






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