Facebook has been involved in debates related to fake news for quite a while now. While addressing the issue, Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg said the social networking giant takes its responsibilities towards fake news very ‘seriously,’ but it doesn’t want to be the “arbiter of truth”. Also Read - WhatsApp announces rollout of end-to-end encrypted backups for Android, iOSAlso Read - Facebook launches Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses alongside new Facebook View app
Since last year, Facebook has been criticised over wide-spread fake news articles posted on its platform and accused of not dealing with them. Lately, Facebook has taken a number of initiatives to tackle misleading news articles including a “multi-pronged strategy” that allows users to spot such misleading news articles. Also Read - WhatsApp multi-device for iPad users in the works, release expected soon
“We are really a platform and we take our responsibilities on the false news very seriously. False news hurts everyone because it makes our community uninformed, it hurts our community, it hurts countries. And we know that people want to see accurate news on Facebook and that’s what we want them to see,” said Sandberg during a conversation with BBC.
In past, Facebook has been identified as publisher by ‘fake news’ critics and hence has been asked to take down fraudulent news articles from its platform. Clearing the air, Sandberg also stated that Facebook is only a platform for publishers and so it has no editorial voice over the content publishers. ALSO READ: Punishing WhatsApp, Facebook group admins for offensive posts may be a harsh move, but necessary
“We don’t think that’s appropriate for us. We think everyone needs to do their part. Newsrooms have to do their part, media companies, classrooms and technology companies.” Sandberg said. Well, we all have to do our part to make sure that people see accurate information and figuring out how we do that is something that we’re going to have to see and will evolve. But we know the goal, the goal is for people to see accurate information on Facebook and everywhere else.”