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Snopes Ends Fact-Checking Partnership With Facebook

Ubergizmo 2019-02-05 16:42:06

A couple of years ago in a bid to combat fake news, Facebook launched several fact-checking initiatives, one of which was to flag articles that might potentially contain fake news with a “disputed” tag. One of the ways that Facebook would be able to determine if an article might be in dispute was by cross-checking it with fact-checking platforms, such as Snopes.

However in an announcement on Snope’s website, it appears that the company’s partnership with Facebook has come to an end. “Facebook endeavored at the end of 2016 to work with various fact-checking organizations (including Snopes.com) in order to help curb the spread of misinformation on their platform. After contributing to that effort for two years, we want to inform our readership that Snopes.com has elected not to renew our partnership with Facebook.”

Snopes notes that this does not mean that they do not plan to work with Facebook again, and that they are open to revisiting this partnership again in the future. “To be clear, we have not ruled out working with Facebook or any other platforms in the future. We hope to keep an open dialogue going with Facebook to discuss approaches to combating misinformation that are beneficial to platforms, fact-checking organizations, and the user community alike.”

The company also states that leading up to the 2020 election, they will be working hard on its own service to improve on it.

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