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Facebook brings its fight against fake news to France

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Facebook brings its fight against fake news to France

According to Le Monde, one of the participating news publishers, Facebook users will be able to signal content they suspect is fake. The indicated links will be collected to a platform to which the collaborating news organisations will have access and where they can verify whether or not the content is fake.

If two companies deem an article fake, Facebook users will see a notification saying that the content has been disputed by third-party fact-checkers. Moreover, Facebook’s algorithm “may” downgrade the visibility of content on that is branded as fake, although the precise effect on the algorithm is not clear.

Finally, Facebook will block advertising from appearing alongside content labeled as fake, thus limiting the financial interest in producing fake news. 

The participating media companies are Le Monde, l’Agence France-Presse (AFP), BFM-TV, France Télévisions, France Médias Monde, L’Express, Libération and 20 Minutes.

Many of the same companies are also partners in another initiative that aims to curb the spread of fake news: CrossCheck, a “collaborative journalism verification project”, aims to help news publishers verify and debunk false stories, focusing especially on the French presidential elections. 

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-02-06 14:48

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