Facebook Expands Event Control Program In India, AFP Associates To Locate Fake News

The Facebook social networking giant has teamed up with Agence France-Presse (AFP), expanding third-party events control program in India as it plans to fight the spread of "false news" on its platform before its general election 2019.

Facebook, working with BOOM in April this year, said the move would "boost" its ongoing efforts to "remove manipulated positions including photos and videos" on its platform.

Speaking to PTI, Facebook News Manish Khanduri, head of Facebook, has explained that AFP has been certified through the Pointer Institute's Non-Expanded International Network of Information Control.

"One of our main goals is to engage and combat misinformation and, in general, what is part of our efforts for a while now … There are many things we do … (the goal is to) reduce, subtract (fake news) and let our audience know, "said Khanduri.

He added that "AFP is part of third-party consultants and will actually step up efforts to suppress misinformation" through text, photo and video stories "on Facebook's platform.

"We will continue to look for partners, we will continue to expand the program," he said adding that the company would also consider adding support for more Indian languages ​​as well.

Currently, her collaboration with BOOM covers content in English and Bengali.

Facebook and WhatsApp, which also belong to the social media giant, face the threat of fake and fake news floating on their platforms. Both organizations have taken some steps, including awareness programs among users across the country.

More recently, WhatsApp – which has fired a flame from the government to circulate certain fake and threatening messages that have caused mass rage in various parts of the country – has launched measures to combat misinformation on its platform.

Analyzing the process in detail, Khanduri said a story is considered false by the event controller, will be lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution.

He explained that this, in turn, prevents the spread of the prank and reduces the number of people who see it.

Facebook has developed similar initiatives in countries such as France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA.