Last month Facebook announced it would join a coalition with Twitter and more than 20 news organizations to tamp down on the proliferation of fake news on the social network. Since that announcement, conspiracy theories and explicitly fake news have continued to slip past Facebook’s algorithm.
Earlier this month the Washington Post caught Facebook promoting satire from an India-based site named “Faking News”. The article joked that Apple CEO Tim Cook had announced the new iPhone 8 “will be something like Aladdin’s lamp. Users will have to scratch the back of the iPhone 8 and Siri will appear before them, in person. It will respond to your commands and do activities that you ask it to do”.
At the bottom of the page is a clear disclaimer that Facebook’s algorithm did not detect: “Content of this website is a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse the ‘news reports’ of Faking News as being genuine and true.”