Facebook’s Fake News Crackdown | Stop false news on Facebook

Facebook announces fake news on the platform. To this end, the Corrective journalistic research group is to cooperate.

Facebook has announced further measures against Fake News. So will now effectively be imported, which already announced was. The ability for users to report fake news, Facebook wrote in a blog post. To do so, an additional selection point is inserted into the upper right corner to report unwanted content, especially for false messages. So far, users were only able to disqualify content via this click as “optional” “annoying and uninteresting”, “inappropriate” or “spam”.

Because Facebook itself can not check the veracity of any content or wants but must respond to the messages of such contributions. The company had decided to cooperate with recognized external facts auditors.

So with companies and organizations that Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Code of Principles signed Such as Snopes, Politifact, FactCheck.org and ABC News.

In Germany, Facebook now wants to work with Correct, a German non-profit research group. Whether Corrective is paid for this service, Facebook did not share in his blog post but made it clear that the company is still looking for other factual reviewers from the publishing industry.

On platforms such as Facebook, falsified, fictitious or hackneyed messages, fake news, are targeted and disseminated. They are intended to discredit political actors, manipulate opinions, and thus, for example, to raise feelings about refugees. The coalition has recognized the explosiveness and already announced measures against the respective companies in December. As a result, Facebook had announced the first steps before Christmas such as to contain such false alarms.

The financial incentives take

Facebook's Fake News Crackdown | Stop false news on Facebook

As Facebook announced, the handling of fake news should be as follows. If user messages are marked as wrong and there are further indications that this is a false message, Facebook wants to forward these messages to the actual reviewers. What hints this can be, Facebook did not share. If the suspicion is that the content is a lie, the corresponding content is marked on Facebook with a warning flag that sets it as unbelievable, as well as a link to the reasoning of the factual reviewers.

It remains to be seen whether and how such discredited messages will appear in the newsfeed.

As a third measure, Facebook told Spammers to take the financial incentives. In fact, many false notifications have come from people who are less concerned with their political sentiments than with money, which can be earned quickly. So came during the US election campaign many lies about Hillary Clinton from a small town in Macedonia. The merit of one cent per click is a sufficient incentive to search for false allegations on the net or even reinvent and spread them.

Facebook now says the company had made it impossible for spammers to fake sites, which would be desirable. The company did not comment on the How. Just as little at the exact time from which all these measures are implemented.

Time is pressing. The coalition has already announced tougher action against Facebook and other social networks , in order to prevent false information on the Internet. This year, she wants to bring about a corresponding law. Behind this rush is the concern that voters ahead of the election could be manipulated by false reports in its opinion. The US election campaign is considered a reminder.

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