France Is the Next Stop on Facebook’s ‘Fight Fake News’ World Tour

Google News Lab is also backing First Draft Partner Network's Cross Check initiative

Facebook is expanding its efforts to combat fake news to France in advance of that country’s elections in April and May.

The social network announced that it will work with the following third-party fact-checkers to try to scrub its News Feed of fake news and hoaxes:

  • Agence France-Presse
  • L’Express
  • France Médias Monde
  • L’Express
  • Libération
  • Le Monde
  • 20 Minutes

The Cross Check initiative, led by nonprofit group First Draft Partner Network, is also being backed by Google in France. First Draft said in announcing Cross Check:

Today, we are proud to announce the launch of CrossCheck with Google News Lab. CrossCheck is a collaborative journalism verification project that aims to help the public make sense of what and who to trust in their social media feeds, web searches and general online news consumption in the coming months. Facebook will also support CrossCheck through dedicated tools and media literacy efforts that will help to explain the verification process and keep relevant audiences up to date with confirmed and disputed information relating to the election.

CrossCheck brings together expertise from media and technology industries to ensure that hoaxes, rumors and false claims are swiftly debunked, and misleading or confusing stories are accurately reported. With the French presidential election as its primary focus, journalists from organizations across France will work together to find and verify content circulating publicly online, whether it is photographs, videos, memes, comment threads or news sites.

The public will be encouraged to participate by submitting questions and links to disputed sites and social content for CrossCheck to investigate. These questions will all be listed and answered on a dedicated CrossCheck website.

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