Reuters news agency will check fake news on Facebook. The company has joined the social medium as an independent fact checker to label Facebook messages that are misleading or false as such.
Thomson Reuters is one of the largest media companies in the world. The fact-checking department of Reuters news agency already checked images on social media for verification for use in their own reporting.
By joining Facebook, Reuters gains access to a dashboard that may contain misleading or incorrect Facebook messages. If the editors determine that a message can indeed be classified as 'fake news', it will be annotated on Facebook.
In addition, Facebook is taking measures to limit the reach of the message. For example, an incorrect or misleading message must appear less often in the Facebook news overview. Affiliate fact checkers can also combat misleading images on Instagram in the same way.
In the Netherlands, Facebook previously worked with Nieuwscheckers and NU.nl to prevent the spread of fake news, but both editors have canceled their cooperation with the company.