In an attempt to stop fake news from spreading during the UK general election, Facebook is taking some major decisions.
Facebook’ decisions include deleting thousands of fake profiles and starting an initiative called fact-checking to stop promoting any kind of suspicious posts.
Starting Monday, Facebook has also decided to run some newspapers ads which offer tips on how to spot unreliable and fake news.
Therefore, Facebook stated its support to Full Fact, a fact-checking charity in the UK, in order “to work with major newsrooms to address rumours and misinformation spreading online during the UK general election”.
Full Fact charity has raised over £28,000 so it can check all the facts in the UK election campaign. However, it remains unclear how big Facebook’s contribution to the charity will be. Google is also backing up the charity. Full Fact’s role is to check political parties’ claims along with the claims of newspapers and political figures. As a future expectation, Full Fact is considering fact-checking in the social media.
“At election time our work is more needed than ever before,” director of Full Fact, Will Moy, said. Moy refused to make any further comments on the arrangements since Facebook and Goggle didn’t settle on anything yet.
The US social media application advises users with three tips: “if shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable they probably are, check the author’s sources to confirm they are accurate and only share news that you know to be credible.”
Facebook is accountable for more than 30 million profiles registered in Britain.
Result Of Accusations
These decisions come as a result of accusing Facebook and several other social media apps to support the spread of fake news.
“With these changes, we expect we will also reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts,” Facebook’s spokesperson said.