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Facebook opens fact-checking program to check misinformation

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Update: 2020-04-19 8:03:10 PM
Facebook opens fact-checking program to check misinformation
Facebook opens fact-checking program to check misinformation

DHAKA: Facebook today announced the launch of its third-party fact-checking program in Bangladesh as part of its ongoing integrity efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation and improve the quality of the news people find online.

Facebook will partner with BOOM, which has been certified by the Poynter Institute’s non-partisan international fact checking network, said a press release here.

Starting today, BOOM will review and rate the accuracy of stories on Facebook, including photos and videos in Bangladesh.

When third-party fact-checkers rate a story as false, it will appear lower in news feed, significantly reducing its distribution.

“We know that people want to see accurate information on Facebook and we are excited to announce the continued growth of our third-party fact-checking program through our partnership with BOOM for
Bangladesh. We believe that with this fact-checking program, we can help build a more informed community and look forward to exploring more opportunities to expand this program locally.” said Anjali
Kapoor, Facebook’s News Partnership Director of APAC.

This program is in line with Facebook’s three-part framework to improve the quality and authenticity of stories in the News Feed. When third-party fact-checkers write articles about a piece of content, Facebook will show these in related articles immediately below the story in news feed. 

Page admins and people on Facebook will also receive notifications if they try to share a post or have shared one that’s been determined to be false, empowering people to decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share.

BDST: 2003 HRS, APR 19, 2020

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