Monday, February 6, 2017

CrossCheck. Media and web giants unite against false info – West-France

With the presidential line-of-sight, the network First Draft News and the Google News Lab announced on Monday the launch with 16 essays French a tool for checking info on the web, an initiative supported by Facebook, which develops its own tool. Among the media partners of this project : Ouest-France.

Christened ” CrossCheck “, this tool will allow editors to work together to” to identify and verify the contents that circulate online, whether photos, videos, comments or news sites “, according to a statement released by Google.

A team of journalism students, recruited from the CFJ and the school of journalism of Sciences Po and trained by Google, ” will summarize and submit in their context, each claim “ (quotes truncated, photomontages, rumors…), a flow which will be supervised by the Agence-France Press and searchable on the site CrossCheck.

Google and Facebook launch tools against misinformation in France. Google and Facebook are launching their tools against misinformation in France. | Photo : Reuters

Launch on the 27th of February

Among the media partners of this project, France Media World (via the Observers from France 24, France Télévisions, Global Voices, the AFP, Libération, La Provence, Les Echos, the Voice of The North, The World (The Decoders), Nice-Matin, Ouest-France, Rue89 Bordeaux, Rue89Lyon, Rue89 Strasbourg and StreetPress.

other editors will join this project which will be launched on the 27th of February and the public may also participate by posting objectionable material so that CrossCheck to investigate.

Support Facebook

First Draft News, network, financed by Google with NGOS and most major international media, has launched a similar tool in the United States, Electionland, to discover and report evidence of manipulation of voters during the us presidential election.

Facebook, accused in recent months to facilitate the dissemination of false information, is a partner in the project and will provide a tool for the identification and tracking of contents in connection with the presidential election.

The social network also commits to contributing to ” actively in the detection of false information and raise the awareness of internet users to a critical reading of information “, according to a press release.

users encouraged to report objectionable material

Facebook will also test in France, after the United States and Germany, his own weapon to combat false info in partnership with eight essays (AFP, BFMTV, The Express, France Media Monde, France Télévisions, Liberation, and The World and 20 Minutes).

users can report false information, which will be submitted to the media partners for verification. If two ” fact-checkeurs “ believe that this is a false information, it will be posted on Facebook by a pictogram and a reference to the ” challenged by third parties “.


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