UPDATE (10/11/18 2pm ET):
We have expanded the ability to report false news to photos and videos on Facebook.
What is this?
It is pretty simple. If you see a Facebook video, photo or link post in CrowdTangle that looks false, you can report it directly from CrowdTangle using the dropdown menu on each post.
How do I use this?
Mark as false news is a post-level option that can be found on video, photo or link posts in any Facebook dashboard. To access it, click on the caret icon next to a post you believe to be false.
Note: This option will only show up on video, photo and link posts in Facebook dashboards. It is not available on Reddit, Twitter, and Instagram.
Once you've selected the "Mark as False News" option, CrowdTangle will ask you to confirm your choice. Once confirmed, reported links will be sent to Facebook's misinformation team to see whether this could be another helpful signal in identifying potentially false news stories.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this work?
It is pretty simple. If you see a Facebook post in CrowdTangle that looks false, you can report it directly from CrowdTangle using the dropdown menu on each post. Simply click “Mark as False News” from the dropdown menu.
Why are you doing this?
Misinformation comes in many shapes and sizes. We know media professionals who use CrowdTangle have a sense of the type of content being circulated that is false or misleading, especially outside the United States. Many also have an understanding of the active ecosystem of websites that generate false news. We want to give our partners the ability to quickly and easily report false news right where they are, inside CrowdTangle. For now, this is an experiment with the Facebook misinformation team to help make their system smarter and more efficient for third-party fact checkers.
What are you doing with this these reported posts?
We're testing this reporting feature for CrowdTangle users to give us feedback about stories they see being false. During this initial experiment, we'll be sending these reports to the Facebook misinformation team to see whether this could be another helpful signal in identifying potentially false news stories.
What platforms is this feature available on?
For now, it's only available on Facebook. We would consider expanding it to other platforms if we see positive results.
Is this available in the CrowdTangle Chrome Extension?
It is currently not available for Chrome Extension.