Fighting fake news: Facebook expands fact-checking programme in India


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Social networking giant Facebook has collaborated with news office Agence France-Presse (AFP), extending outsider actuality checking program in India, as it hopes to battle the spread of “counterfeit news” on its stage in front of general decisions in 2019.

Facebook, which in April this year had joined forces with BOOM, said the move will “support” its progressing endeavors to “clip down on controlled posts including photographs and recordings” on its stage. Addressing PTI, Facebook News Partnership Head (India) Manish Khanduri clarified that AFP has been affirmed through the Poynter Institute’s non-fanatic International Fact Checking Network. “One of our key targets is to connect with and battle falsehood and comprehensively that has been a piece of our endeavors for some time now… There are numerous things we do… (the point is to) diminish, evacuate (counterfeit news) and illuminate our gatherings of people,” Khanduri said.

He included that “AFP is turning into a piece of outsider truth checkers and will basically reinforce endeavors to crackdown on deception” through content stories, photographs and recordings” on Facebook’s platform.”We will keep on looking for accomplices, we will keep on extending the program,” he said including that the organization will likewise take a gander at including support for more Indian dialects too. At present, its association with BOOM covers content in English and Bengali.

Facebook and WhatsApp, additionally claimed by the web-based social networking goliath, have been confronting the hazard of bits of gossip and phony news skimming on their stages. The two associations have made various strides, including sensitisation programs among clients over the country.More as of late, WhatsApp – which drew fire from the administration over course of certain phony and evil messages that impelled horde fierceness in various parts of the nation – has started measures to check the dissemination of deception on its stage.

Specifying out the procedure, Khanduri said after a story is evaluated as false by the reality checker, it will figure bring down in News Feed, “altogether diminishing its dispersion”. He clarified that this, thusly, prevents the deception from spreading and diminishes the quantity of individuals who see it. Facebook has run comparable activities in nations like France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and the US.


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