Facebook wants to combat online hoaxes through expert fact-checking
The Facebook social networking site is designing many instruments for preventing the dissemination of fake news or hoaxes, according to company vice-president John Hegeman, who announced the decision in New York. Facebook users will have the option of flagging untrue news items more easily than they do now, and facts that are called into question will then be verified by teams of experts including the ABC News television station in the USA and the Associated Press wire service.
If a larger amount of people flag a post shared on Facebook as a false news item, or if more people share an article after just reading its headline and not clicking through to the entire piece, Facebook will receive a signal that the item in question could have unreliable content and will deliver it to a third party for fact-checking. Experts in fact-checking will review the item and if discrepancies of fact are confirmed, the item will be flagged as "disputed", and clicking on it will explain the reservations fact-checkers have about it.
Untruthful news items will not, however, be deleted, as the network would like to avoid allegations of censorship. It will not be possible to support content that has been flagged as "disputed" by buying advertising to accompany it, and Facebook will also restrict its further organic dissemination.
"We believe people must have the right to express themselves, and it is not our place to become the judges of what is and is not true. Therefore, we are approaching this problem cautiously," Adam Mosseri, another Facebook vice-president, said.
"We have focused on the worst of the worst items, on the clear hoaxes and untruths disseminated by spammers who make a profit doing this. We are using the aid of our own community and third parties to do this," Mosseri said.
The social network will collaborate in the USA with the websites associated in the International Fact-Checking Network, such as FactCheck.org, Politifact, and several media domains such as ABC News and the Associated Press. Facebook also wants to prevent fraudsters from posing with the domain names of actual media outlets.
The company has recently been exposed to criticism for its benevolent approach to fake news, more of which turned up on the Internet during the US presidential election campaign. Surprised American Internet users were reading fake news items alleging, for example, that Pope Francis supported Republican candidate Donald Trump, or that a federal agent investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal had been found dead.
The Pew Research Center, which performs sociological research in the United States, reported yesterday on the results of a survey according to which almost one-fourth of all American Internet users had reposted fake news items, whether consciously or unconsciously. According to two-thirds of those surveyed, such information causes confusion about the basic facts of ongoing current events.
- Czech Police refuse to publicize whether they are investigating death threats made on Facebook against Romani celebrity
- Czech Islamophobes have a problem: Konvička has quit yet another political party and Facebook has closed their hate page
- Czech court sentences youth to four months in prison for threatening to shoot man on Facebook
- Czech racists threaten online to kill children because they are of Arab and Romani origin
- Czech Internet parody about Roma allegedly getting free butter backfires - online hysteria as thousands believe it
- Czech Republic: Head of ROMEA receiving threats against his family, antigypsyism on the rise
- Czech Police charge man who urged daughter to practice beating Muslims or Romani people with a baseball bat
- Czech NGO: Court has failed shamefully in case of death threats against Romani singer
- USA: Neo-Nazi website shut down after insulting Charlottesville murder victim
- Czech Police investigating video of father encouraging his daughter to imagine she is beating "Gypsies"
- Czech video goes viral of man telling girl to beat pillow with baseball bat and imagine it's a "Gypsy or a Muslim"
- Romani singer received thousands of hateful verbal assaults, Czech Police charging two people
- Czech MP posts racial slurs online to "test" public response, then says "just kidding"
- ROMEA broadcast live online Saturday's concert by Romani rapper Rytmus and others
- Czech online tabloids recycling long-debunked antigypsyist hoaxes alleging Roma get free transportation, washing machines
Tags:Facebook, Hate, Hoax, Sociální sítě
Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Romea.cz. Moderátoři serveru Romea.cz si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Romea.cz. Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na Romea.cz ostatním uživatelům.