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Facebook expands its fight against fake news to Germany

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Facebook expands its fight against fake news to Germany

The announced measures include fake news reporting feature, measures to disrupt spammers, and third-party fact-checking, which would be rolled out in Germany “in the coming weeks”, Buzzfeed reported. This makes Germany the first country where Facebook is expanding it’s crackdown on fake news from the US.

Germany will hold federal elections later this year, and German officials have expressed concern that cyberattacks and fake news could be used to influence the election results. German officials have pressured Facebook to address the issue of fake news rapidly, some suggesting for example a fine of up to €500,000 if “offending message” is not deleted, DW reported.

The first fact-checking partner Facebook announced is Correctiv, an investigative reporting organisation. The participating fact-checking organisations will need to be signatories of International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) Code of Principles.

Previously, Facebook was taken to court in Germany by a Syrian refugee, who keeps being linked to terrorism on Facebook. 

According to a statement to the Financial Times, Facebook is focusing on Germany currently, but is “thinking through” where to expand the fake news clampdown next. One country high on the list is probably France, where presidential elections will take place this year.


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Teemu Henriksson


2017-01-17 14:03

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