Facebook Rolls Out 'Fake News' Filter for German German Election

FINANCIAL TIMES --

Facebook is rolling out measures to fact check and flag fake news for the first time outside the US, bringing the tests to Germany in an attempt to control the proliferation of news hoaxes ahead of its election.

The world’s largest social network is bringing its test of fake-news filtering tools to Germany in the coming weeks after the spread of false stories such as one claiming that Germany’s oldest church was set on fire by a mob of a thousand people.

German users of the social network will now be able to report a story as fake and it will be sent to Correctiv, a third-party fact checker. If the fact checker discovers it is fake, the story will be flagged as ‘disputed’, with an explanation. Disputed stories will not be prioritised by the news feed algorithm and people will receive a warning if they decide to share it.

A Facebook spokesman said the company had been in discussions with German media and publishing groups and was working to get more partners on board.

“Our focus is on Germany right now but we’re certainly thinking through what countries will unveil next,” he said.

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