Facebook Increases Efforts to Combat Fake News

Facebook Increases Efforts to Combat Fake News
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Facebook is doubling its efforts to eradicate fake news. What was a point of frustration in the last two years is now a new challenge for which Facebook is aiming to find a solution.

The company is rolling out a “Related articles” section in Germany, France, and the Netherlands, countries in which Facebook already has fact-checking alliances, as TechCrunch reported earlier. To fulfill its commitment of “bringing the world” closer together, Facebook is using “updated machine learning to detect more potential hoaxes to send to third-party fact checkers,” according to a blog post.

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This is how users of Facebook in Germany, France and the Netherland are now seeing potential hoaxes in their news feed.

Facebook is committed to deepening its partnership with fact checkers to give more context to its users. “If an article has been reviewed by fact checkers, we may show the fact checking stories below the original post,” detailed the company’s message that also highlighted that they don’t anticipate a significant user experience change due to fact checking.

Although Facebook wants to improve efforts to combat fake news, it doesn’t want to be seen as a media of its own, therefore it is making partisan or ideological decisions about the way news and fact checking is presented.

“We don’t want to be and are not the arbiters of the truth,” Facebook’s News Feed integrity product manager Tessa Lyons said to TechCrunch. “The fact checkers can give the signal of whether a story is true or false,” said Lyons.

There’s no date for a U.S. rollout as of right now.


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Marco Islas
Marco Islas
Journalist with 15 years of experience covering the verge between culture, tech and business lives in the Mexico Silicon Valley witnessing his bloom.

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