Facebook and Twitter step up their game
For nearly three years, Facebook has been working with fact-checking organizations to limit the spread of false content on the platform.
That partnership, which (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact participates in, has changed a lot. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the IFCN code of principles is a necessary condition for joining the project.)
And now, it’s changing again.
This week during a press call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a slew of updates to the company’s anti-misinformation efforts going into the 2020 U.S. election. Among them: displaying fact checks more clearly on both Facebook and Instagram.
Before, posts rated as false by Facebook’s fact-checking partners, of which there are more than 55 around the world, would be appended with the fact check below the post. Now, a warning label will be superimposed on debunked photos and videos to make clearer that they’re false. Facebook will continue to notify pages that spread falsehoods, as well as users who share them.
Also of note: Fact checks will now also be applied to posts on Instagram, which fact-checkers started partnering with in May. When users try to share a debunked post in private messages, they’ll receive a warning message with the relevant fact checks.
Finally, Facebook announced last week that it’s hosting its first-ever summit with fact-checking partners at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. During that meeting, which runs Nov. 5-6, more than 100 fact-checkers and journalists will gather to discuss the program.
Those are promising changes to what has become one of Facebook’s most visible
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/tech-platforms-step-up-their-anti-misinformation-game-before-2020/