Fake News: Tech Giants Facebook and Google Join the Fight
• Published: February 6, 2017 8:58 pm BDST
• Last Modified: February 9, 2017 6:04 am BDST
Facebook has 24 million users in France, more than a third of the country’s population. It will rely on users to flag fake news on its network so that the articles can then be fact-checked by its partners.
Facebook said it would work with eight French news organizations, including news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), news channel BFM TV, and newspapers L’Express and Le Monde to minimize the risk that false news appeared on its platform. Any news report deemed to be fake by two of its partners would then be tagged with an icon to show that the content is contested, Facebook said. It is also supporting a separate initiative launched by Google dubbed “CrossCheck” which calls on users to submit links to contested content to a dedicated website so that it can be investigated.
In the United States, Facebook has said users would in future find it easier to flag fake articles as a hoax, and added that it will work with organizations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories.