Feb 6, 2017

Fake news: Facebook and Google team up with French media

Seventeen French newsrooms will be involved in the CrossCheck project, with a focus on the French elections. The news agencies involved include French daily Le Monde, BuzzFeed News and Agence France-Presse. Concerns have now been raised that false information may be distributed on Facebook or promoted on Google in the build-up to the French presidential election, which takes place in April and May. Le Monde said on Monday that the CrossCheck project was "An experiment". Last month, Facebook set up an initiative in Germany, where officials had expressed concerns that online "Hate speech" could influence the parliamentary elections in September in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office. How will services like CrossCheck work?The aim is to allow users to "Upload" information that they believe to be false The links reported are collected and held within a portal, which news organisations have access to The reports can then be fact-checked and the information verified If two partner media establish that a report is false, it will appear in feeds with a flag If a user then wants to share the content, a window will open with a "Fake news" alert.

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