Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2019

Facebook Intensifies Actions Against Fake News Before The European Elections

The number of Facebook employees working in the field as a whole is to be increased by 10,000 by the end of the year. A new situation center will be set up for the EU election.

Anti Fake News Plan

Facebook intensifies its efforts against the propagation of false news before the upcoming European elections in late May. Among other things, a new virtual situation center is set up, in which Facebook employees are interconnected in different locations.

They should also keep contact with authorities, among others, in Germany, said the responsible Facebook manager Tessa Lyons on Monday in Berlin.

As the second independent fact, check partner in Germany after the search center “Corrective” the German press agency was presented. Facebook is working with 43 organizations worldwide this way, Lyons said.

The new situation center for the election of the European Parliament on 26 May will be a blueprint for how Facebook wants to contain the problem of false news in the future. Software developers, data scientists and policy experts will work together around the clock. Overall, it’s about members of 20 different Facebook teams, Lyons said. This should allow Facebook to quickly relocate resources. The Situation Center should also communicate with authorities such as the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Germany. One of the goals is to recognize dangers early on.

The location center is expected to operate in multiple locations, including the California headquarters in Menlo Park and Europe’s headquarters in Dublin. The new structure will remain intact even after the European elections, Lyons stressed. She should grab the episodes of fake news for individual events that watch Facebook again and again.

“Over the past two years, we’ve made great strides in protecting elections and countering false news,” Lyons said. The total number of Facebook employees working in the field is expected to increase from 20,000 to 30,000 by the end of the year. In addition, Facebook relies on software based on artificial intelligence, which is to recognize suspicious accounts and contributions.

Facebook was accused, especially after the US presidential campaign in 2016, to have done too little against the spread of fake news and Russia-led propaganda campaigns. The following year, the online network already deleted tens of thousands of suspicious accounts before the presidential election in France and the German federal election.

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