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This Guy Built a Fake News Detector, Then Facebook Blocked ItLast night, TechCrunch ran a story purporting that Facebook was showing certain users red warning labels above fake news links. But as it happens, this wasn't Facebook's doing at all, but rather the work of a Chrome plugin called B.S. Detector, made by activist and independent journalist Daniel Sieradski.
Facebook blocks links to B.S. Detector, fake news warning pluginNot only is Facebook not providing little red warnings along with links to potentially specious news-it's now blocking links to the plugin that did. Over the past week, some Facebook users reported seeing content warnings next to links from established fake news domains, apparently without realizing a third party was responsible.
B.S. Detector Lets You Know When You're Reading a Fake News SourceChrome: Facebook has a very real fake news problem. To help combat this, B.S. Detector will show a little red warning when you're about to click a link that comes from a questionable, "satirical" or fake news source.