Reportedly, Facebook has bolted five new affiliations in India to expand its fact-checking program before the country’s general election, which is scheduled in May. In recent time, the tech giant declared it had associated with Vishvas.news, India Today Group, Newsmobile, Factly, and Fact Crescendo, which were all approved through a global fact-checking network. The collaborators would analyze news stories posted on Facebook for truth and rate their accurateness, with stories stated as false anticipated to see their allotment reduced by almost 80%.
Facebook also declared that the latest partnerships will develop its fact-checking potential to three new languages, permitting it to observe news in Hindi, English, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, and Malayalam. Stories marked as false will be shifted to the base of users’ News Feeds, which Facebook reported will significantly lower their distribution. Websites and pages that frequently shared false news will have their facility to advertise and monetize eliminated, the company added. Manish Khanduri—News Partnership Head at Facebook-India—stated in a press release, “We are dedicated for tackling the spread of incorrect news on Facebook, particularly before the 2019 General Election drive season. And one method to do that is by increasing our affiliation with third-party fact-checkers.”
Similarly, Facebook was in news as its ex-director Don Graham stated that he trusts officials there to fix election and data problems. Facebook is making huge strides in augmenting election security and dealing with data privacy apprehensions on the platform, as per to Don Graham, the ex-board member at the social network. Graham told to CNBC, “The people that I am familiar with at Facebook are wonderful. I respect them. Whatever else is done in this country, people at Facebook would be functioning to solve their problems.” He commented while referring to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Chief) and Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer).