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Facebook, Twitter join Google-led alliance to combat fake news and hoaxes

16-September-2016
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Facebook, Twitter join Google-led alliance to combat fake news and hoaxes

Facebook and Twitter have joined the First Draft Coalition, a Google-led alliance formed last year to combat fake news and hoaxes and to ensure only verified news is published online.

The social media giants have become the latest members of First Draft, an organization that boasts members like YouTube, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, etc.

As per First Draft's website, the organization defines itself as a collaborative body and a community of specialists from the various fields of content, brought together to "work on ideas and initiatives, including a train-the-trainer programme, the launch of a collaborative verification platform, and the creation of a voluntary code of practice."

"This network will also create a feedback loop for representatives from each social media platform to connect with journalists and develop ideas for ways to streamline the verification process, improve the experience of eyewitnesses and increase news literacy amongst social media users," First Draft's MD Jenni Sargent wrote in a post on the organization's website.

"We live in a time when trust and truth are issues that all newsrooms, and increasingly the social platforms themselves, are facing," she further added. "Each partner is committed to sharing knowledge, developing policies and devising training in how journalists use the social web to find and report news."

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