'Way too little, way too late': Facebook's factcheckers say effort is failing | Technology | The Guardian


20 bookmarks. First posted by farley13 november 2017.


Sam Levin:
<p>“I don’t feel like it’s working at all. The fake information is still going viral and spreading rapidly,” said one journalist who does fact-checks for Facebook and, like others interviewed for this piece, was not authorized to speak publicly due to the continuing partnership with the company. “It’s really difficult to hold [Facebook] accountable. They think of us as doing their work for them. They have a big problem, and they are leaning on other organizations to clean up after them.”

Facebook announced to much hype last December [2016] that it was partnering with third-party factcheckers – including the Associated Press, Snopes, ABC News, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org – to publicly flag fake news so that a “disputed” tag would warn users about sharing debunked content. A Guardian review this year found that the fact-checks seemed to be mostly ineffective and that “disputed” tags weren’t working as intended.

Now, some of the factcheckers are raising concerns, saying the lack of internal statistics on their work has hindered the project and that it is unclear if the corporation is taking the spread of propaganda seriously.

Another fact-checking source said it was rare to see the fact-checks actually lead to a “disputed” tag on Facebook, raising questions about how the tool was functioning. Factcheckers said they had queries about how often the tags were placed on articles, what effect they had on the content and what sites were most often targeted – but said that Facebook had not provided information.</p>


Related: NYMag's take on this piece: <a href="http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/11/facebooks-fact-checking-effort-was-always-going-to-fail.html">Facebook’s fact-checking effort was always going to fail</a>
facebook  news  fakenews  factchecking 
december 2017 by charlesarthur
Journalists at news orgs partnering with Facebook say its fact-checking tools have failed, and it hasn't disclosed enough data on efforts to curb misinformation
november 2017 by joeo10
Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data
facebook  news  journalism 
november 2017 by basus
'Way too little, way too late': Facebook's factcheckers say effort is failing | Technology | The Guardian
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november 2017 by edelagrave
“They should be hiring armies of moderators and their own fact-checkers.”
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november 2017 by newsmary
Journalists fighting spread of fake news raise concerns over possible conflicts of interest and say site has refused to disclose needed data Journalists working for Facebook say the social media site’s fact-checking tools have largely failed and that the company has exploited their labor via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket 
november 2017 by kubia
“The relationship they have with fact-checking organizations is way too little and way too late. They should really be handling this internally. They should be hiring armies of moderators and their own fact-checkers.” Some fact checkers said they also felt the paid relationships with Facebook were creating a conflict, in effect silencing those in the best position to investigate the way the platform facilitates fake news. "By offering this money, which journalistic outlets desperately need, it’s weakening our ability to do any fact-checking of these disinformation purveyors like Facebook,” said one third-party factchecker. “They are basically buying good PR by paying us.”
facebook  news 
november 2017 by terry
A Facebook spokesperson said that once an article had been labeled as false, its future “impressions” dropped by 80%.
social 
november 2017 by zryb
Facebook's factcheckers say effort is failing
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november 2017 by girma