From now on, fake news on Instagram will be labeled worldwide as such if an independent fact checker judges that a message is misleading or untrue. In the Netherlands, the annotations also appear if a foreign party has assessed a message, but there is no Dutch party that performs the check. That is because parent company Facebook in the Netherlands since November without a fact check partner.

Facebook and Instagram users worldwide can report messages as untrue or misleading, sometimes referred to as "fake news," to bring them to the attention of fact checkers. If they subsequently judge that the message can indeed be classified as such, it will be provided with a notification.

On Instagram, misleading messages are also removed from the Explore tab and from pages with hashtags. With the label, people should "be able to better determine for themselves what they read, trust and share," said Facebook in a statement.

Originally, Facebook had two partners in the Netherlands who checked messages for untruths: NU.nl and Nieuwscheckers, a project of Leiden University. Nieuwscheckers stopped its collaboration with Facebook at the start of 2018, leaving NU.nl the only party left. That was one of the reasons for the news site to stop the project.

See also: Editorial blog: Why NU.nl stops fact checking on Facebook