Facebook gears up for General Elections with changes in fact-checking network

Facebook fact-checking network

Facebook has partnered with Facebook fact-checking network and groups to review the authenticity of the news stories being circulated on the platform ahead of the General Elections in India.

The new partnerships extend the platform’s ability to oversee and supervise numerous languages like English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, and Marathi.

Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile, and Fact Crescendo are Facebook’s new partners. The new partners are certified by an international fact-checking network.

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Facebook Pages and websites that repeatedly distribute false news stories would have their ability to monetize and advertise confiscated. Their distribution on the platform would be reduced by 80 percent.

Stories flagged as false would be placed at the bottom of the news feed. The partners would also be able to write an article on individual posts that have been rated false, providing more data and reasoning about it.

“We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season. And one way to do that is by growing our partnership with third-party fact-checkers,” Manish Khanduri, News Partnership Head, Facebook India told CNBC.


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