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Facebook Launches Project To Fight ‘Fake News’

Social media giant, Facebook has announced details of ‘The Facebook Journalism Project’ which aims to curtail the spread of ‘fake news’ on its social network.

The U.S President-elect, Donald Trump says that he is the subject of a fake news “political witch hunt” today

The ‘Facebook Journalism Project’ will collaborate with newsrooms and launch a campaign to teach users how to identify false stories in their Newsfeeds.

It will work in 3 ways according to today’s announcement:

  • Collaborative Development Of News Products

Facebook says it will “begin an even deeper collaboration with news organisations across the spectrum.”

It also says that it is “interested” in finding new ways to, “support local news and promote independent media.”

It adds that it will offer insights to media organisations and advise them as to the best ways to spread news to its users.

  • Training & Tools For Everyone

The company will “work with third-party organisations on how to better understand and to promote news literacy both on and off our platform.”

It will also make it easier for users to flag hoax stories.

  • Training & Tools For Journalists

It will offer new e-learning courses for journalists.

The tech firm will also share new tools with partner media organisations to help them to source real stories from its network.

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