Facebook, in partnership with teyit.org, announced today the launch of its third-party fact-checking program aimed at helping combat false news from spreading on Facebook. teyit.org has been certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network and will review news stories on Facebook, check their facts, and rate their accuracy.
“People want to see accurate information on Facebook — and so do we. We also know that misinformation is harmful to our community and makes the world less informed. Partnering with third-party fact-checking organizations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform. As Facebook, we only work with fact checkers that are registered with the International Fact Checking Network. In Turkey, we launched our third-party fact-checking program with teyit.org as their primary focus is on the accuracy of reported news. Going forward, we will continue our efforts to fight false news on the platform,” said Nilay Erdem, Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for Turkey.
Mehmet Atakan Foça, founder of teyit.org explained, “Misinformation on the internet is now affecting every part of our lives. In Turkey, people increasingly turn to social media to get news and information and the effect of false news in our lives significantly increase. With teyit.org, we work to ensure citizens who use social media platforms can reach accurate information. Keeping this responsibility in mind, we are ready to work hard to improve people’s experience on Facebook and make sure they get the most accurate information. This partnership, I believe, will be an important step towards reducing the spread of false news in Turkey.”
This program is in line with a three-part framework to improve the quality and authenticity of stories in the News Feed. Aside from Facebook’s Community Standards which regulate content shared on the platform, this program will also reduce the distribution of stories that undermine Facebook’s authenticity and will also provide people with more context on the stories they see.
How fact-checking works?
- Fact-checking stories. News stories flagged on Facebook will be reviewed by teyit.org, who has been certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network. The fact-checker will review the story, check the facts, and rate the accuracy of the story.
- Placing false stories lower in News Feed. Stories that have been rated false by the fact-checker will be placed lower in your News Feed, significantly reducing the chances of you seeing it.
- Taking action against Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news. Pages that repeatedly share false news will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed.