Facebook will be finally going to start fact-checking news on its platform in India, its largest market with more than 240 million users.
On Tuesday, the social network announced a partnership with Boom, an independent, Mumbai-based fact-checking organization which’s certified by the International Fact-Checking Network, to run a pilot project for the Indian state of Karnataka, which goes to polls on May 12. A Facebook blog post said which Boom will review English-language news stories shared on the platform which are flagged by users, check facts, along with rate their accuracy.
“We are beginning modest along with know which will be important to learn via which test along with listen to our community as we continue to update ways for people to understand what might be false news in their News Feed,” said the post.
Facebook has similar partnerships with fact-checkers inside United States, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Indonesia, along with the Philippines, however launching one in India will be a significant step: Experts have accused Facebook along with additional internet-based companies of not doing enough to ensure which their platforms aren’t used to spread misinformation along with propaganda ahead of a major national election inside globe’s largest democracy in 2019, along with several key state elections throughout which year like the one in Karnataka.
Govindraj Ethiraj, the founder of Boom, told BuzzFeed News which the company expects to fact-check two to three additional pieces of content every day as a result of the partnership with Facebook. “via our point of view, we are continuing to do what we already do,” said Ethiraj, however added which Boom might hire two additional people to fact-check stories related to Karnataka. “There will be a modest amount of money [via Facebook] involved,” he said, “however not enough to build fact-checking empires.”
Facebook ranks stories which fact-checkers rate as false lower inside News Feed. The company claims which which will be able to reduce the distribution of false stories by 80% on its platform. If third-party fact-checkers like Boom write articles debunking false stories, Facebook also shows them as Related Articles immediately below the false stories inside News Feed.
Facebook’s fact-checking efforts haven’t been met with universal acclaim, however. On Monday, the Philippines government criticized the company for its choice of two independent online fact-checking platforms inside country, saying they were biased against President Rodrigo Duterte.
along with fact-checking news on Facebook only goes a little way in India, where the primary vector for the spread of misinformation along with hoaxes will be WhatsApp, the company’s encrypted instant messaging app, which has more than 0 million users inside country. A WhatsApp spokesperson recently told BuzzFeed News which the company was “thinking through ways” which can prevent the spread of misinformation through its platform in India.