In a few days, Facebook will display a sign on its homepage to help users detect and fight against fake news. Lately, Germany has almost legislated the issue!
Facebook want’s to get really different from other social medias. A lot of people think that the information found on the Internet isn’t always right and Facebook totally agrees with this idea, that’s why they decided to take a big step for fighting against fake news. It is thought that it will display its own guide names “anti-fake news”. Facebook’s measures are quite different from other social media websites because of the fact that it directly impacts its users while other social media websites would have made some measures in the backend of their social platform without even informing their users about it.
By clicking on the awareness display at the top of their news feed, users will access a dedicated area. A real step-by-step guide, which will include tips to help you spot misinformation. Facebook will give some indications to find false news: verification of the URLs, search of information sources and consultation of other articles on the subject, control of the dates, etc.
In this section, the users will also be able to post a publication as false information. Then, the news that were reported as being false news will be verified by other “information controllers”.
“Help users trust information”
Clearly, the struggle for truth is the great battle of Facebook at this moment.
“FACEBOOK WANTS TO HELP USERS TO EXERCISE DISCRETION IN THE TRUST THEY PLACE IN THEIR SOURCES OF INFORMATION.”
“FALSE INFORMATION GOES AGAINST OUR MISSION TO BRING relevant content TO USERS.”
recalls The Menlo Park firm in a statement.
Moreover, as a proof that they take this issue seriously, Facebook even announces, in the coming weeks that it will launch an awareness campaign in the print and digital press.
In recent weeks, it has increased the number of fake news measures because of the public pressure in November. In fact, Facebook was even accused of influencing the American elections by allowing massive propagation of false information…
But now, Facebook seems ready to directly finance the struggle of its partners against misinformation articles. Adam Mosseri, Vice President of Newswire Innovation, told The Financial Times:
“A COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP IS UNDER CONSIDERATION AND WE ARE VERY OPEN TO IT.”
Another initiative, on April 3, Facebook announced the launch of a fund for research against fake news, the News Integrity Initiative, with a budget of $ 14 million. Objective: To help the public to distinguish journalistic content and to find false information. Several companies have joined hands: as well as Facebook, the Ford Foundation, the Mozilla search engine, Betaworks start-up specialist, John S. and James L. Knight foundation, AppNexus technology company, Tow Foundation and The philanthropic fund Craig Newmark paid their money. To go with this program, Facebook also benefits from academic guarantees. Such as the School of Journalism of the New York Public University (CUNY), Sciences Po in France, the European Center for Journalism in the Netherlands or the Publishing Society in Asia, based in Hong Kong.
Others join the pack
But the anti-fake campaign news is far from being only limited to Facebook. This week, billionaire Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay, announced that he will spend $ 100 million over the next three years to support investigative journalism, fight disinformation and hate speech online. This is “the biggest contribution ever made” in this area, said Stephen King, Director of Civic Engagement at Omidyar Networks, a philanthropic foundation based in Silicon Valley.
And of course, Google, the most well-known search engine in the world has also took some measures to prevent fake news. It will launch a tool allowing users to see, when displaying the results of a search, if the information of a link has been verified or not by the fact-checking partners and its degree of reliability.
For most users, I think that this will be a huge change in the Internet world. What do YOU think? Tell us in the comments below.