Politicians and the media are particularly concerned about the phenomenon in the run-up to the country’s parliamentary election in October.
A small pilot of the scheme has already been tried in the US, and if successful in Germany, it will be expanded to other countries in time.
The move is a further indication of Facebook’s evolving attitude to media sharing. While previously founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the platform was not a media company, in a December Facebook status he conceded the company has “a greater responsibility than just building technology information flows through.”
“While we don’t write the news stories you read and share, we also recognize we’re more than just a distributor of news. We’re a new kind of platform for public discourse — and that means we have a new kind of responsibility to enable people to have the most meaningful conversations, and to build a space where people can be informed,” he said.