Germany: Facebook fake news filter

Facebook to trial a filtering tool as Germany prepares for election.

As reported here, Germany has proposed to fine organisations that do not actively tackle fake news.

A simpler reporting process will enable users to flag suspected fake news. Flagged items will not be promoted into other users feeds. The company will also cut advertising revenue to fake news sites.

Facebook will be working with fact-checking partners. Correctiv, a German non-profit investigative journalism organisation, has been announced as the first partner.

The firm said it would offer a simpler reporting process for users to flag suspected fake news, display warnings next to statements identified as false by independent fact-checking organisations, and cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites presenting themselves as real news organisations.

More information: The Next Web; Endgadget; The Local Germany.