Facebook's next fake news headache: messaging

While much of the fake news conversation in the U.S. has been around fake news spreading on Facebook's News Feed, reports of misinformation spreading globally on Facebook's messaging properties, Whatsapp and Messenger, demonstrate another major problem for the global tech company.

Why it matters: Facebook's messaging footprint is larger than its main app, globally, and an increasing number of people in developing countries are reliant on its messaging platforms for news and information. If Facebook is struggling to contain fake news on its algorithmically-programmed News Feed, you can imagine how difficult it must be to clamp down fake news on intentionally opaque and encrypted platforms that are meant to protect individual conversations.

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