Facebook users who get a kick out of posting false news items are being put on notice: The popular social network is cracking down on the fakery.

To help offset the fake news posts, Facebook will partner with outside fact-checkers and news organizations to sort the real news reports from made-up stories, and make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in November that although the percentage of misinformation is relatively small, they had already been working to mitigate the fake posts.

Listed among five fact-checking and news organizations that will be working with Facebook on the matter are ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Polifact and Snopes.

“We do believe that we have an obligation to combat the spread of fake news,” John Hegeman, vice president of product management on news feed, told AP.

He added that while Facebook takes its role to provide people an open platform seriously, it’s not the company’s place to decide what is true or false.

Meanwhile, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey, an estimated 44 percent of the general population gets its news from Facebook, which also reaches 67 percent of U.S. adults.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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