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FB Launches Its Journalism Project To Counter Fake News

It’s time to keep it real
by Andrei Medina | Jan 12, 2017
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Facebook has launched the Journalism Project, an initiative that aims to curb the reach of fake news while improving journalistic standards on the world’s largest social media platform.

The Journalism Project was introduced by Facebook Director of Product Fidji Simo in one of the social media site’s official blog posts.

“We will be collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age,” he said. 

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In essence, the Journalism Project is built on the three pillars listed below:

1) Collaborative development of news products
Under this pillar, Facebook seeks to establish deeper collaboration with news organizations to develop new storytelling formats.

“We’re interested in exploring what we can build together with our partners to support local news,” Simo said.

2) Training & Tools for Journalists
Simo says that they believe the public, especially journalists, still have much to learn from Facebook, which is why they created a series of e-learning courses that will familiarize them to efficiently use the platform’s tools and services.

“We will be expanding these trainings to nine additional languages, and partnering with Poynter to launch a certificate curriculum for journalists in the months ahead,” he said.

3) Training & Tools for Everyone
Lastly, Facebook also recognizes the importance of promoting news literacy among the public to prevent the spread of news hoaxes or the so-called fake news.

To do this, they have partnered with third-party organizations to ensure that the public is properly guided when it comes to choosing a trustworthy source to post content from.

The Journalism Project comes after Facebook became the subject of criticism over the rampant spreading of fake news that some claim have even affected the turnout of the recently-concluded US Presidential elections.

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