Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany

Facebook announced the creation of a "Journalism Project" aimed at boosting the credibility of the information it circ
Facebook announced the creation of a "Journalism Project" aimed at boosting the credibility of the information it circulates

Social media giant Facebook announced Sunday that it will introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year.

"It's important to us that the reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable," a blog post on the Silicon Valley firm's German website read.

German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October.

Facebook's new German initiative targets "unambiguously wrong reports" being shared on the platform.

The firm said it would offer a simpler reporting process for users to flag suspected fake news, display warnings next to statements identified as false by independent fact-checking organisations, and cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites presenting themselves as real news organisations.

Stories flagged with a warning will not be eligible to be converted into an ad seen by other users or "promoted" into other users' feeds for a fee.

"We think that independent and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument for journalism," Facebook said.

Nonprofit investigative journalism organisation Correctiv will be the first fact-checking partner in Germany, the firm added, saying that they are "confident" of adding other news organisations in future.

Facebook's latest measures come just days after it announced the creation of a "Journalism Project" aimed at boosting the credibility of the information it circulates.

Explore further

New Facebook project aims to fight the spread of 'fake news'

© 2017 AFP

Citation: Facebook announces 'fake news' offensive in Germany (2017, January 15) retrieved 20 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-facebook-fake-news-offensive-germany.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments

Jan 15, 2017
Today it is called fake news. It really is a way of attacking the last remaining check on government tyranny, journalism. Someday soon after this, it will be reclassified as a treasonous act and no one will dare question it. Trash news has always existed and has a way of killing itself off. Suppressing news however is always a sign of governments not trusting the truth to get out on its own.

Jan 15, 2017
The only way to deal with fake news/propaganda is to take humans out of the loop. AI developed and refined over decades will gradually learn how to discern and present facts devoid of bias.

Jan 23, 2017
The news German citizens will read will rapidly become only that which the left wants them to read. Socialists, communists (but I repeat myself) and their fellow travelers at Facebook will see to it. I have a feeling it will ultimately fail, as all attempts at permanent tyranny do. That's how the USA got Trump and how The EU got Brexit. It's a fair bet that Germany's next.

Mar 06, 2017
Because Facebook is now involved in ferreting out "fake news", this means it will only allow unfavorable "news" about the Trump administaration on it's website.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more