Facebook have announced that they have tweaked their news feed so you should see less hoax stories in there.
We can hope!
According to the Facebook press release yesterday
Hoaxes are a form of News Feed spam that includes scams (“Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee”), or deliberately false or misleading news stories (“Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah”).
Can we add to that the pointless legal guff?
The press release goes on to say
To reduce the number of these types of posts, News Feed will take into account when many people flag a post as false. News Feed will also take into account when many people choose to delete posts. This means a post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribution in News Feed. This update will apply to posts including links, photos, videos and status updates.
Posts that receive lots of reports will be annotated with a message warning people that many others on Facebook have reported it.
These changes to the news feed are not expected to make any difference to websites or pages which are set up to be satirical as Facebook say people don’t tend to report these.
You can read the full news release here http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/01/news-feed-fyi-showing-fewer-hoaxes/