Face­book’s Ten Com­mand­ments to fights fake news

Governance Now - - E-GOV NOTES -

So­cial me­dia gi­ant Face­book has of­fered “tips for spot­ting false news” as part of its cam­paign to com­bat spread of mis­in­for­ma­tion. In a full-page advertisement in sec­tions of print me­dia, Face­book of­fered the tips, along with the tagline: “To­gether, we can limit the spread of false news. In re­cent years, es­pe­cially af­ter the last year’s US elec­tions and Brexit ref­er­en­dum, cy­berspace – in­de­pen­dent web­sites, blogs and so­cial me­dia plat­forms like Face­book and Twit­ter – have been awash with mis­chievous post­ings mas­querad­ing as news and tilt­ing pub­lic opin­ion at will. The main­stream me­dia too have of­ten fallen prey and given au­then­tic­ity to false news. The ten tips for spot­ting false news are: be scep­ti­cal of head­lines; look closely at the URL; in­ves­ti­gate the source; watch for un­usual for­mat­ting; con­sider the pho­tos; in­spect the dates; check the ev­i­dence; look at other re­ports; is the story a joke; and some sto­ries are in­ten­tion­ally false.

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