By Áine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships

Last month we announced some tests to address the issue of fake news on Facebook. In the next few weeks we’ll be starting to roll out these updates in Germany. We will continue testing this in Europe alongside other solutions in more countries around the globe, now including France. We’ll learn from these tests in these regions, and iterate and extend them over time.

The updates include:

  • Testing several ways to make it easier for people to report a fake story if they see one on Facebook
  • Onboarding third-party fact checking organizations in Germany who are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles to help identify fake stories and flag them as disputed in News Feed, including Correctiv and other publishing partners once they apply and are accepted into Poynter’s program
  • Disrupting financial incentives for spammers by eliminating the ability for them to spoof well-known news websites and enforcing our existing policies on a more proactive basis

It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are meaningful to you. We’re excited about this progress, but we know there’s more to be done. We’re going to keep working on this problem and will keep you updated on other updates.

For more information on these tests, click here.

February 6, 2017 – This post was edited to reflect plans to extend the third-party fact checking test to France. 

  • Onboarding third-party fact checking organizations in France who are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles to help identify fake stories and flag them as disputed in News Feed, including l’AFP, France Télévisions, France Media Monde, Le Monde, 20 minutes, BFM TV, Libération and L’Express once they apply and are accepted into Poynter’s program

 

March 2, 2017 – This post was edited to reflect the rollout of the third-party fact checking test to France and the Netherlands.