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Facebook, Twitter to join fight against fake news

The lede: “Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.”

From Reuters (“Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news“):

First Draft Coalition, formed in June 2015 with the backing of Alphabet Inc’s Google, said it would create a voluntary code of practice, promote news literacy among social media users, and launch a platform where members can verify questionable news stories.

The platform will be launched by the end of October, Jenni Sargent, managing director of the coalition, said in an email.

Members of the group include the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Agence France-Presse and CNN.

Facebook, the world’s largest social media network with about 1.7 billion users each month, has been criticized for its role in spreading fake stories and misinformation. Twitter, with about 140 million daily users, plays a crucial role in breaking news and disseminating eyewitness content.

Additional reading

June 18, 2015, Medium, Introducing the First Draft Coalition

Nov. 23, 2015, Nieman Lab, “The Google-backed First Draft Coalition launches a site to help journalists verify social content

Tue, September 13 2016 » Main Page, Media