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Facebook testing warning labels for 'fake news'

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of the story and headline was based on incorrect information regarding a feature to test for fake news on Facebook. That feature appears be based on a Chrome extension.

SAN FRANCISCO — A Chrome browser extension that puts warning labels on fake

news articles in Facebook News Feed was mistaken for Facebook running a test to root out misinformation on the giant social network.

TechCrunch reported Thursday that a source had sent the publication a screenshot of a warning label from that person's News Feed that read: "This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending."

A Facebook spokesman identified the source of the screenshot as a Chrome browser extension.

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