Social media giant to launch 'fake news' education tool, but won't flag content

Facebook is taking what it calls a first step toward helping Canadians tell the difference between fake news and the real thing online.

As of Friday, the social media giant will post a banner on the top of news feeds that directs subscribers to a tip sheet that it hopes will educate users on how they can decipher what is, or isn't, false or misleading information.

The project is the result of a collaboration with media literacy agency MediaSmarts to help Canadians filter their news feeds for fake content, a phenomenon that became a growing concern during and after the U.S. presidential election campaign.

But don't expect to see direct warnings attached to potentially dubious Canadian news stories any time soon, as some European and American subscribers get.

Facebook says it's still too soon to attach warning labels on so-called disputed news stories, like those already being offered to users in the United States, France and the Netherlands.

Facebook users in those countries can flag news stories for false or misleading content by clicking on a grey downward arrow button on the right side of an article.