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Bringing Facebook on board

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Bringing Facebook on board

Facebook has recently launched the Facebook Journalism Project, a new program that aims to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry.

Ken Teh, from the Strategic Partnerships of Facebook, based in Singapore, told WAN-IFRA that the goal is to “build really meaningful partnerships because there are certain issues, such as fake news, that made us realize that we have to work with the entire industry to find solutions, because ultimately what we want is to create a platform that is safe for people.”

For that he mentioned some pillars: “one is working a lot more closer to media companies and product collaboration, so we want to roll out tools and training for people so they can spot things like fake news on social media.”

This, he said, will be done through working with NGOs on the ground and teaching people how to spot fake news.

The other part, he said, is that “we are in the early stages of checking out a fact check tool”, partnering with fact checkers “who can do some factchecking on some of the stories of Facebook that are possibliy false.”

They could then tag the story so people could get a warning tag which says that the story is disputed. 

“But we need to partner with the industry, media organizations, NGOs to have a much more forward looking approach. Hopefully we can get to a better place very soon.”

Teh affirmed that they have had “a very good response where we have launched it (US, UK, India)" and advanced that there will be more launches of the Journalism Project designed by Facebook –which acquired CrowdTangle in December 2016, a leading social analytic and Discovery tool- in South East Asia and China this year.


Paloma Almoguera


2017-04-19 12:25

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