The initiative is a collaboration with Agence France-Presse (AFP) whose Canada-based fact-checkers will review news stories on Facebook in English and French and rate their accuracy.
In a statement released this week, Facebook Canada confirmed its committment to fighting the spread of fake news and said that the third-party fact-checking program will play an important role in this mission.
How Facebook Canada’s Fact-Checking Will Work
- Fact-checking stories. News stories flagged on Facebook will be reviewed by AFP who will check facts and rate their accuracy.
- Placing false stories lower in News Feed. Stories that have been rated false will held down by Facebook’s algorithm.
- Taking action against Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news. Pages that repeatedly share false news will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed.
More Ways to Fight Fake News on Facebook
- Providing more context on false news stories. Fact-checkers will write articles to provide more information on a news story and these will be highlighted below the original story in Related Articles.
- Notifying people when they’ve shared false news. Users will receive notifications when sharing a story that’s been flagged as fake news. Page admins will also be notified.
- Supporting users in learning. Facebook Canada is working with MediaSmarts to improve media literacy with Reality Check. Learn more here.
- Users are encouraged to report fake news.