Te company pointed to a slowdown in news flow, the fact that stories were required to be deemed "false" before earning a "disputed" label, and because many people were instead drawn to clicking on the articles in question...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says they are a technology company who doesn't hire journalists - so, you know, whoops?
Several Facebook employees made a post on Medium detailing the change:
"In December of last year, we launched a series of changes to identify and reduce the spread of false news in News Feed:
- We made it easier for people to report stories they think are false news
- We partnered with independent fact-checking organizations that review articles that might be false
- We reduced the distribution of articles disputed by fact-checkers
- We launched a collection of features to alert people when fact-checkers have disputed an article, and to let people know if they have shared, or are about to share, false news"
Disputed flags could sometimes backfire: We learned that dispelling misinformation is challenging. Just because something is marked as “false” or “disputed” doesn’t necessarily mean we will be able to change someone’s opinion about its accuracy. In fact, some research suggests that strong language or visualizations (like a bright red flag) can backfire and further entrench someone’s beliefs.
The company will instead offer up alternative stories containing facts that have already been checked.
Perhaps Facebook also realized that Snopes - run by a bunch of degenerates, has a long history of liberal bias? Last year they were dressed down by the Daily Caller in a fascinating Exposé - featuring evidence of Snopes' liberal bias, several instances of flat out lies, and insight into the individual opinions of the militantly liberal fact checkers who love insulting conservatives.
Let's also remember that Snopes co-founder David Mikkelson, pictured above to the left of the morbidly obese cat - cheated on wife Barbara Mikkelson with the literal prostitute and Snopes administrator pictured in the frame below; taking her on expensive vacations around the world using (allegedly) embezzled Snopes funds while banging her like a steel drum. He then married her despite the fact that she had a website devoted to being a whore and is "past her time as an adult model."
Meanwhile, Politifact is riddled with propaganda. They are incredibly biased, funded by a Clinton Foundation donor, and not even close to being qualified to sit on an exclusive panel of Facebook "FAKE NEWS" judges.
Worst. Thought police. Ever.