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Facebook: false news on the platform is declining

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Facebook: false news on the platform is declining

Facebook has often been criticised for not acknowledging the responsibility it has as the main source of information for many of its users. But speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s VP of News Feed, clearly wanted to show that the company had turned the page.

“We are a very large platform and that comes with very serious responsibilities,” said Mosseri during his keynote according to BuffFeed. In just a few months, Facebook has therefore come round to the view that misinformation on its platform can be effective – and that the company must address the dissemination of fake content while avoiding concerns over political bias and freedom of expression.

Mosseri said that there’s overall less false news on he platform, but he didn’t share any specific data on the efficiency of the company’s crackdown on fake news, Poynter noted.

Facebook’s participation in Perugia was clearly meant to send a message that the company is more open to the news industry's concerns than before: overall the company sent about 30 employees to give workshops and to participate in panels, in addition to private meetings with journalists during the event. 

Athough Mosseri confirmed that Facebook plans to expand its fact-checking programme to additional countries, he didn’t share concrete information about what steps the company would take in addition to the already announced measures such as donations to a news literacy project and instructing users on how to spot fake news.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-04-10 11:58

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