February 6, 2017
Facebook and Google are joining forces to ensure France is not inundated with fake news stories during its upcoming presidential election.
Both companies were accused of not doing enough to clamp down on bogus news on their social media sites and in Google search during the U.S. presidential race.
Dubbed CrossCheck, the project will bring Facebook’s CrowdTangle and Google News Lab, in partnership with First Draft, together with 17 French media partners to verify news stories being shared online. The project, which was announced at the News Impact Summit, will make sure hoaxes, gossip and false reports are discredited speedily, while deceptive stories are correctly reported.
“After successfully joining forces with First Draft and many other news organizations and technology platforms on the Electionland project during the U.S. election, launching CrossCheck in France is a natural next step,” Google said in a blog post, adding that “journalists from across France and beyond will work together to find and verify content circulating publicly online, whether it is photographs, videos, memes, comment threads and news sites. CrossCheck partners will make use of the collective reporting in their own articles, television programs and social media content.”
So far, AFP (Agence France-Presse), BuzzFeed News, France Médias Monde (via les Observateurs de France 24), France Télévisions, Global Voices, Libération, La Provence, Les Echos, La Voix du Nord, Le Monde (Les Décodeurs), Nice-Matin, Ouest-France, Rue89 Bordeaux, Rue89Lyon, Rue89 Strasbourg, Storyful and StreetPress are involved in the project.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.