Fact-Checking Expanded Globally

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Facebook expanded their fact-checking system with all 27 third-party partners to 17 different countries. If an article, image, or video is found to have misinformation by these partners and Facebook’s machine learning system this will hinder its ability to gain reach in the News Feed.

The fact-checking system has a variety of components. One way Facebook told us that it works is by leveraging optical character recognition to pull text from images / photos. “we use optical character recognition (OCR) to extract text from photos and compare that text to headlines from fact-checkers’ articles.”

While Facebook’s FAQ’s on fact-checking mention a dispute option, we have yet to see evidence of this notification and dispute system for fact-checked content in the wild and there is zero mentions of a way for satire providers like The Onion to bypass this system.

More Info:

  • Facebook Newsroom: Expanding Fact-Checking to Photos and Videos
  • Facebook Newsroom: Seeing the Truth
  • Facebook Ads Help Center: FAQ’s on Facebooks Fact-Checking
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