Yesterday a Facebook spokesperson announced that Facebook would begin to flag non accredited news stories as fake on their news-feed. Facebook will work with five legitimate fact-checking organizations: ABC News, AP, FactCheck.org, Politifact, and Snopes to help them deem just what’s fake and what’s not.
“We believe providing more context can help people decide for themselves what to trust and what to share. We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations. If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.
It will still be possible to share these stories, but you will see a warning [flag] that the story has been disputed as you share.
It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful. We’re excited about this progress, but we know there’s more to be done. We’re going to keep working on this problem for as long as it takes to get it right.”
The Accredited Times commends Facebook for their courageous effort to fight back against Russian propaganda and fake news – by copying us.
Our hugely successful fake news, Russian propaganda, and hate speech flagging system has been up and running in our comments section for more than a week now – it is the worlds first fake news flagging system to be implemented by an accredited media company. We have happily shared, with Facebook, our technical know-how in this innovative new strategy to fight back against Russian propagandists – and trust it will help to make their system a success also.
Having graciously agreed to Facebook copying our flagging system, we call on them to return the favor and prioritize the Accredited Times #NukeRussiaNow campaign – as it is also a vital tool in the fight against Russian propagandists.