WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Facebook and other social media platform face investigation regarding their involvement in circulating fake news.
- It was reported in September that Russian groups may have spent around $100,000 spreading fake news posts on the social media platform during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
- Facebook tries hard developing ways to fight false news, however, the company is reportedly in a struggle.
The social media company has issued a new set of guidelines in the hope to polish the News Feed’s algorithms and detect fake news. Facebook asked help from third-party fact checkers who are now saying that they can only handle a small fraction of the countless news that swamp the social network.
Facebook’s most recent attempt to eradicate fake news has failed, according to The Guardian, saying that the whole effort has become nothing more than a PR campaign.
Facebook’s fake news problem had clearly influenced the last election. Realizing this, CEO Mark Zuckerberg created steps the company would take to stop the outbreak. The organization partnered with Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) as part of its initiatives.
Now, the fact checkers, not wanting to be identified, spoke with The Guardian to raise their concerns about the social network’s refusal to disclose statistics on their work. Facebook recently introduced a “disputed” warning banner for possible bogus news, but one fact checker discovered that this tag was rarely applied.
The Guardian reports that “Fact checkers said they had queries about how often the tags were placed on articles, what effect they had on the content and what sites were most often targeted — but said that Facebook had not provided information.”
It can be noted that this is not the first time Facebook was criticized for its fact-checking efforts. Politico reported in September that the data Facebook had collected from this fake news “crackdown” could be significant, but the company hadn’t shared it publicly. It’s now getting clearer that the reason it is refusing disclosure of data is that Facebook is losing the battle.
Source: Yahoo Finance