Facebook Begins a Fight Against “Fake News” in Germany

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Recently Facebook have being battling against fake being post into the airwaves by some media houses.This affected the company massively,to the point that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ,made this statement made this statement on his Facebook Timeline dated on November 13, 2016

“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics. Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.

That said, we don’t want any hoaxes on Facebook. Our goal is to show people the content they will find most meaningful, and people want accurate news. We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further.

This is an area where I believe we must proceed very carefully though. Identifying the “truth” is complicated. While some hoaxes can be completely debunked, a greater amount of content, including from mainstream sources, often gets the basic idea right but some details wrong or omitted. An even greater volume of stories express an opinion that many will disagree with and flag as incorrect even when factual. I am confident we can find ways for our community to tell us what content is most meaningful, but I believe we must be extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth ourselves.”

Euro news just made this report regarding the battle against fake news in Germany.


To combat the spread of fake news, Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany that would enable users to flag potentially false stories.
According to a report in BBC on Sunday, the flagged stories will then be passed to third-party fact-checkers and if found to be unreliable, they will be marked in users’ news feeds as “disputed”.

Since its announcement of features against fake news spread, this move is a first such major expansion by Facebook.”Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook,” Facebook was quoted as saying in a German-language statement.Facebook has been widely criticised for its alleged role in spreading fake news that favoured the win of President-elect Donald Trump in the US-elections.

“German government officials have expressed concern that misinformation on the internet could influence the country’s parliamentary election this year,” the report noted.In Germany, Facebook has been warned against the spread of fake news and asked to respect the country’s defamation laws.
Recently, Buzzfeed found that Facebook pages had published fake stories about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking re-election.

Facebook users in Germany will now be able to select ‘It’s a fake news story’ as an option when reporting another user’s post.
“They can then mark the post as fake news, let the other user know they think it is fake, or block that user. Facebook will send potentially fake stories to corrective, a German non-profit body of investigative journalists, to check the facts,” the report added.

To verify news on its platform, Facebook is already testing the system with some fact-checkers in the US.This poses a high flag to the sources of all the fake news houses.

Flagging Stories as Disputed
We believe providing more context can help people decide for themselves what to trust and what to share. We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations. If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.

Now what do we say then? Is Facebook news are going to be eligible ?


Story Credits:Mark Zuckerberg ,Telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com, newsroom.fb

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