Facebook Unveils New Strategy to Fight Fake News

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Social networking giant Facebook has adopted a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see.

The company said it has partnered with third-party fact-checking platforms to curb the flow of fake news on the website. These fact-checkers will review and rate the accuracy of articles and posts on Facebook.

The social media giant was recently criticized for enabling political manipulation through inaccurate and false information.

It has also come under the scanner for allegedly catalyzing ethnic conflicts owing to its failure stop the deluge of hate-filled posts against the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

“False news is bad for people and bad for Facebook. We’re making significant investments to stop it from spreading and to promote high-quality journalism and news literacy,” said Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the European Parliament leaders that the social networking giant is trying to find loopholes on the platform including the steps to stop fake information from spreading.

Moreover, the company has been trying to curb registration of fake profiles. “We now block millions of fake accounts every day when they try to register,” Lyons added in a statement.

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