Facebook collaborates with Correctiv to stop fake news

Ahead of the German elections, Facebook taps Correctiv, an investigative media group, to address the emergence of fake news.

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The social media giant says it is taking measures to stop the spreading of fake news by collaborating with media fact-checkers such as Correctiv, ahead of the German elections in September.

According to News Limited, the German Justice Minister Heiko Maas had told Süddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German daily newspaper, that his ministry was looking at possibly suing social networking sites for illegal posts.

In lieu of this and German MP Thomas Opperman suggesting that social media sites should be fined for fake news, Facebook announced plans to work with outside fact-checkers and news agencies to identify genuine reports from made-up ones.

In a report by the BBC, the company released a statement in German: “Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook.”

“We will put these updates in place in Germany in the coming weeks.”

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