Facebook, Google, others launch drive against "fake news" in France to influence election
Social media companies Facebook, Google and a group of news organizations launched an initiative on Monday to tackle fake news stories in France, with the media in the spotlight as the country's presidential election approaches.
Facebook said it would work with several leading French news organizations, including Agence France-Presse, BFM TV, and newspapers L'Express and Le Monde to ensure that false news items were not published on its platform.
Google also said it was part of the initiative, dubbed "Cross Check" by the partners.
Facebook has faced criticism that it did not do enough to prevent false information being republished on its platform during last year's U.S presidential campaign, and in response has set up measures to try to tackle the problem.
There have been similar concerns that people could disseminate false information on Facebook in the build-up to the French election, which takes place in April and May.