Facebook begins fact-checking news for users in India, one of its largest markets

Facebook is introducing third-party fact-checking in India, with a pilot program first starting in the state of Karnataka. Facebook says the fact-checking program is aimed at fighting “the spread of false news,” and the company has partnered with independent journalism initiative BOOM, which is certified by the International Fact-Checking Network.

According to The Indian Express, Facebook says India has 201 million active Facebook users as of 2017, falling just behind the United States. Facebook has previously admitted to the spread of misinformation and fake news during the 2016 US presidential election. With India due for a general election in 2019, Facebook seems to be timing this launch to stem such misinformation from influencing…

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Author: Thuy Ong

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