As Facebook continues to ramp up its fact-checking operation, the company is turning to a new group to help it spot fake news before it goes viral: its users.

The social network has been testing a new fact checking program that uses part-time contractors, who don’t have professional fact-checking experience but who represent “diverse viewpoints,” to aid in its larger fact-checking effort. 

The plan, which is for now a “pilot program,” is notably different from Facebook’s current fact-checking operation, which relies on outside organizations like the Associated Press or Instead of established news organizations, this pilot program will “leverage the Facebook community” to research potential fake news before it’s routed to professional fact checkers. Read more…

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