Facebook Steps Up Fight Upon Fake News, Expands Program to 14 New Countries
Together with the propagation and dissemination of bogus news getting an increasingly embarrassing problem on the world wide web, companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr and many others are trying their best to fighting misinformation through a combination of human inspection and automated technology.
These tech giants are terminating accounts en masse and teaming up with reputable fact-checking resources to fight the menace, though, they have expressed some reservations about enjoying full-time fact-checkers.
Now, nevertheless, Facebook has announced it is increasing the scope and scale of its own fact-checking program not just geographically, but also in terms of technology. As part of this program, the company states it has expanded its fight against bogus information to 14 countries around the world. The business is also using machine learning how to identify and demote or remove misinformation, as well as the reports that spread such content.
Facebook further says that it is planning to take its fight against propaganda, fake news and misinformation to even more states by the end of this year. Towards the end, the business says it’s working with certified, independent fact-checkers who rate the accuracy of tales on Facebook to ensure the social media can reduce the supply of stories which are ranked as false with an average of 80 percent.
The company is also expanding its fact-checking to photos and videos in order to stop the spread and dissemination of not just fake, controlled media, but in addition, images that are being used out of context. The business has also supplied the names and e-mail IDs of several trusted press bureaus and third party fact-checkers that users can contact in case they encounter fake news that has been marked as true’ on Facebook.