Social media and online websites have been abused by people wanting to spread fake news stories. The fake new stories are presented in such a way that they become believable and given the presence of social media, these stories become viral. Taking matters into hand, a network of more than 30 international companies and organizations has been formed in an effort to filter out fake news stories and to improve the quality of information found online. Among the companies that have joined, Facebook and Twitter are members of the network. Media houses like New York Times and CNN are also part of the coalition. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send
“First Draft Coalition, an Alphabet-backed venture, said it would create a voluntary code of practice, attempt to increase news literacy among social media users and will launch a collaborative verification platform,” CNET reported. Áine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships, Facebook said, “The First Draft partner network represents an important opportunity for the news industry to work together on best practices, trainings, research and more.” For both Facebook and Twitter, fake news has been a crucial problem. Recently, Facebook’s news trending algorithm put a hoax story about 9/11 at top of its list, linking to an article by The Daily Star which claimed that controlled explosions destroyed the World Trade Center Towers in 2001. Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
Facebook currently has more than a billion monthly active users, and its Trending Topics is prominent section for views, whether stories are true or not. Twitter with about 140 million daily users, plays a crucial role in breaking news. Social networks have become a popular source of news for many, trailing only TV as a top source of information, the report added.