Facebook to fact-check Canadian news stories and reduce spread of false articles
Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at the Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on March 28, 2018. Facebook Canada will launch a fact-checking program to deem stories as false and provide social media users with more context on stories they read on the platform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:39PM EDT
TORONTO - Facebook Canada will launch a third-party, fact-checking program to root out fake news and provide users with more context on articles they read on the platform.
The program is a collaboration with newswire service Agence France-Presse, who will have fact-checkers in Canada to review stories from local news outlets and rate their accuracy.
Content the fact-checkers deem to be false or a mixture of accurate and inaccurate will appear lower in news feeds and be accompanied with related, true articles from fact-checkers.
Pages that repeatedly share fake news will see their ability to monetize and advertise removed after several offences.
Publishers responsible for false stories will have the chance to dispute any inaccurate ratings they receive and will be able to issue corrections.
Facebook has long been the subject of complaints around fake news, which some say the platform has allowed to spread.