Social media giant Facebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking program to ten African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal. In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook said the expansion was aimed at assessing the accuracy and quality of news on its platform while curbing the spread of misinformation. “Working with a network of fact-checking organisations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, third-party fact-checking will now be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso through AFP; Uganda and Tanzania through both Pesa Check and AFP; Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire through France 24 Observers and AFP; Guinea Conakry through France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa,” the
Truecaller is introducing its own Chat, an instant messaging (IM) service to chat with your Truecaller friends and help avoid the spreading of viral fake news. With the aim to make communication safer and to preventing fake news from circulating, the IM platform will allow people to report spam messages and links, ensuring that fake news is not circulated unchecked by our community. Truecaller has helped erode spam faced by users as phone calls through the Caller ID and has also smoothened the SMS experience by filtering unwanted messages. As a step towards decreasing the spread of fake information, we’re looking to our community to help report fake articles, misinformed blogs, and any type of websites that could pose threats or even cause viruses. Additionally, Truecaller Chat is bu
Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations. The company is joining its parent company Google, as well as Facebook and Apple, in campaigns to stem fake news ahead of the US midterm elections. The company said on Monday it will make "authoritative" news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when misinformation can spread quickly. YouTube also said it will commit $25 million over the next several years to improving news on YouTube and tackling "emerging challenges" such as misinformation. That sum includes funding to help news organizations around the world build "sustainable video operations," such as by training staff and improving prod...
Imagine that a broadcaster reaching over 1 billion people a day is making billions of pounds of profits every year, partly by distributing news coverage that includes numerous mistakes. Imagine, too, that, when the broadcaster is called to account, its first proposed solution to the problem is to send out a message to viewers entitled “tips for spotting false news”. The first of the 10 tips is: “Be sceptical of headlines”. When the term “fake news” comes up, people usually think of social media posts with rather fantastic, implausible stories. While posts shared on social media is its most visible aspect, there is so much more to fake news than exaggerated article titles on social media feeds. ‘A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes’, so the
Facebook has been criticized as being one of the main distribution points for so-called fake news, which many think influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The company will become the suggester of perspective to avoid being the “arbiter of truth”. It’s rolling out “Related Articles” that appear below news links to stories lots of people are posting about on Facebook, or that are suspected to be false news and have been externally fact checked by Facebook’s partners. Appearing before someone reads, Related Articles will surface links to additional reporting on the same topic to provide different view points, and to truthiness reports from the fact checkers. If users see drastically different angles when they compare a story to its Related Articles, they might deem it suspic