Is Facebook starting a News video section to stave off fake news?


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Facebook is reported to be readying a News section on its Facebook Watch video service, in an apparent attempt to curb the spread of “fake news.” 

That’s the word from Axios, which reports that Facebook is in talks with 10 publishers to launch the dedicated news section.

The section will reportedly run for 12 months, with Facebook requiring publishers to submit videos of at least 3 minutes in length and monitoring what kind of content works best. 

Facebook launched its YouTube competitor Watch in August, and last week secured exclusive rights to stream 25 Major League Baseball games.

The social network has been working on ways to combat the spread of so-called “fake news” on its site for the past year, and is now allowing users to fact-check stories with a Related Articles section.

Facebook did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for a comment.

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2018-03-13 11:11:51