Facebook reveals anti-disinfo tool for presidential election — Analysis

Meta announced that Agence France-Presse will serve as the fact-checking, disinformation watchdog.

Weeks before the first round of France’s presidential election, US tech giant Meta has announced a set of new initiatives for combating “misinformation”It owns platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. 

These initiatives aim to increase awareness and participation. “media literacy”France, teaching people “the best practices for dealing with information online,”On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he owns the billionaire company.

WhatsApp users in particular will be able to report messages they consider false to Meta’s chosen watchdog, Agence France-Presse (AFP). In 2017, the French news agency, which was then known as Facebook, signed up to offer fact-checking services in France. In recent years, the coverage has been expanded to cover many European countries. Recent additions include Greece and Cyprus. 

Adding an AFP report option to popular messenger is “an important step in the fight against false information,”Meta added. Meta said that the agency will also release three videos to educate people on how they can develop their skills. “right reflexes”Thank you for your response “dubious information during the election period.”

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These two campaigns also serve educational purposes. Loopsider is a French provider of visual content. It was founded in 2018. The company produces videos that are based on news stories and other human interest stories. It is aimed at young audiences who use social media to share their news. Meta claims that Loopsider will train their followers similar skills to AFP.

The Poynter Institute, a US journalism school, and France 24 (a French state-owned broadcaster) teamed up for a 10-day free training course in how to write. “spot conspiracy theories, scams, false information and other forms of manipulation”The internet is abuzz with information about the program. Meta stated that it is optimistic about its effects after seeing how similar programs have worked in other nations.

US tech firm Google said that the measures are part of an overall effort to make use of its platforms to defend the French presidential election (which will take place in April) from any interference. France’s President Emmanuel Macron is seeking a second term and is currently leading in the polls. He faces the greatest challenges from right-wing politician Marine Le Pen, and centre-right politician Valerie Pecresse.

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