Facebook Journalism Project set to make important enhancements to how Seniors use it.
Facebook Journalism Project set to make important enhancements to how Seniors use it.

Facebook to fight hoaxes and fakes

FAKE news and scammers are on the way out, as part of a new Facebook project which aims to better equip users with the knowledge and tools needed to judge the accuracy of what they're reading. 

The world's largest social media platform announced what it calls the 'Journalism Project' which has three main targets: collaborative development of news products; training and tools for journalists; and training and tools for everyone.

For Seniors, the third part of project will be the most beneficial.

It will firstly look at ways to help users make better choices about what news they read and trust.

"At Facebook, our mission is to connect the world, including connecting people with the information they want and need," director of product Fidji Simo said.

"That's why we place such value on journalism: it gives us facts and ideas in order to understand society and better understand each other.

"We will work with third-party organisations on how to better understand and to promote news literacy both on and off our platform to help people in our community have the information they need to make decisions about which sources to trust," Ms Simo added.

What will also be important for Seniors is Facebook's commitment to continuing its efforts to identify and reduce news hoaxes.

In November last year, Facebook announced it was getting proactive in stamping out fake content. 

This part of the project will be developed to include easier ways for Facebook users to report fake news and new ways to disrupt how spammers are making money from the platform.


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