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Media fights back against fake news. BBC establishes permanent Reality Check team

In a fight against fake news being distributed on social media, BBC establishes the permanent Reality Check team. The media outlet will also partner up with Facebook in order to find the best way in which purposely misleading reports can be dismantled.

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BBC will make its Reality Check team permanent in an attempt to push back against fake news stories spread over social media. According to the Guardian, news chief James Harding told his staff that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”. Not only will BBC make its Reality Check series permanent but it will also be backed by a team targeting false stories or facts being shared widely on social media.

The BBC will also partner up with Facebook to see how it can become more efficient.

The announcement comes days after Facebook also announced its initiative to work together with journalists and media outlets in order to promote better and verified content on the social media’s news feed.

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A recent scandal in the US brought back the issue of fake news after in his first press conference, Donald Trump accused CNN of running a fake story about his alleged relationship with Russia.

According to one BuzzFeed analysis, during the presidential election in the US, top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined. The fake news on Facebook were reinforced by Google searches.

Among the top 20 fake stories that gained traction over social media, the one that saying Hillary Clinton sold weapons to Isis and another about the Pope endorsing Trump, were the most popular.

 

Sylvia Jacob