Facebook said on Monday that it would work with several leading French news organisations, including Agence France Presse, BFM TV, L’Express and Le Monde among others to ensure that false news items were not published on its platform.
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.
Facebook said it would work with several leading French news organisations, 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.
In the United States, Facebook said users would find it easier to flag fake articles on their News Feed as a hoax, and added that it will work with organizations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories.
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