The Facebook Journalism Project is fighting fake news
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Jan 16, 2017
The Facebook Journalism Project is fighting fake news

Facebook is stepping up to combat its fake news problem. With corporate responsibility stretching beyond a brand’s own actions to encompass the actions of those it encourages and facilitates, the social network is acknowledging that it can be held accountable for its indirect influence on the world.

Facebook has announced the Facebook Journalism Project, through which it will collaborate with media outlets to ensure the integrity of the news shared on the platform – an overt response to the fake news scandal that centred around the 2016 presidential election. The campaign will teach people how to distinguish between fake news and legitimate stories, with the social network funding the News Literacy Project’s public service ads, and commissioning groups of people to confirm the authenticity of uploaded content. “We’re announcing a new program to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry,” says Fidji Simo, product director. “We will be collaborating with news organisations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age."