Facebook takes one more step forward to control spreading of misinformation
It’s like every day Facebook is taking measures to stop spreading fake news on its platforms with new policies and changes. One more step Facebook is taking is by adding trust indicators in the news feed. This was a part of Mr. Guy Rosen’s move “remove, reduce, and inform” who is the Vice President of Facebook.
Fact-checking partnerships: Platforms like Facebook often collaborate with independent fact-checking organizations to assess the accuracy of shared content. If a piece of content is flagged as misinformation by fact-checkers, its reach may be reduced, and warning labels or contextual information can be added to provide users with accurate information.
“This involves removing content that violates our policies, reducing the spread of problematic content that does not violate our policies, and informing people with additional information so they can choose what to click, read or share,” said Rosen.
The array of updates focuses on taking down groups that are spreading misinformation to the masses and misguiding the users of Facebook. So it will be hard for inappropriate content to float on Facebook.
The authorities at Facebook will scrutinize the post that is being approved by the admins and mods of the group to determine whether the rules are being violated or not. Also adding up a group quality feature that will give an overview of the group and the number of flagged, removed, and misleading content.
According to Rosen said, If false and misleading information is continuously being shared in the group, Facebook will reduce the group’s news feed share. They are also taking help from other experts outside to control the situation. Facebook has been working on this idea since 2017. “Over the last two years, we’ve focused heavily on reducing misinformation on Facebook,” Rosen said.
The tool trust indicator that is to be added to Facebook’s news feed is developed by an association of news organizations known as the Trust Project.
Facebook is also working on a verified batch for the messenger to stop impersonations. “This tool will help people avoid scammers that pretend to be high-profile people by providing a visible indicator of a verified account,” Rosen said.