Reuters has established a new project in collaboration with Facebook with the goal of detecting misinformation on social media.
As announced by Reuters on Feb. 12, a fact-checking program was initiated jointly by social media giant Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program. The news outlet in a bid to detect disinformation on social media. Reuters will check precisely the details posted on Facebook and Instagram in the run-up to and after the United States elections.
Checking user-generated information
The dedicated Reuter unit will determine the validity in both English and Spanish of user-generated media files, headlines, and other content. Commenting on the initiative, Reuters ‘ director of global partnerships. Jess April, said they are steadfastly acknowledging the magnitude of misinformation around the world. It’s a growing issue that impacts society on a daily basis and it’s up to news organizations and platforms to stop the spread of false news.
The initiative was announce on the heels of Reuters receiving the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) certification required on Feb. 7. Reuters is a well-established news agency that had historically conducted fact checks. And has not yet generated them on a regular basis for a long period of time. Michael Wagner, an IFCN evaluator, wrote in the conclusions and recommendations.
It is the case that the approach of Reuters ‘ political and community operation will not comply with IFCN requirements. But it should be noted that its strategy is realistic and reasonably concluded Wagner.
U.S. elections dramas
It is no wonder Facebook decide to carry out fact-checking of the information posted by users, given that last year. When Cambridge Analytica gathered Facebook user data for nearly 50 million people without permission. Facebook found itself in the crosshairs of regulatory furor to target them with targeted advertisements during the 2014 US presidential election.
Meanwhile, a proponent and supporter in the American political world, Andrew Yang, has been lost to the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology group. Yang, an activist and Democratic candidate for the US presidential elections in 2020, suspended his presidential campaign last night.
Yang told supporters:
“While great work remains to be done, you know, I’m the math guy and it’s obvious from the numbers tonight that we won’t win this race. I’m not someone who wants to accept donations and help in a race we won’t win. And so I declare tonight that I am suspending my presidential campaign.“
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