It’s about freakin time! If widespread hoax and fake news on Facebook is making you consider shutting down your account, well, not too fast, sister. Facebook is cooking up a Journalism Project to fight the spread of fake news on the popular social media site.
Facebook Director of Product, Fidji Simo wrote in a blogpost that as part of the community, they want to do their part “to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.”
According to Simo, Facebook will “be collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age.”
The Facebook Journalism Project will work in three ways: There will be a collaborative development of news products, Training & Tools for Journalists, and Training & Tools for Everyone.
Facebook will work with third-party organizations on how “to better understand and to promote news literacy” both on and off their site to help people further and to give the information they need to know which sources to rely on.
“This is just the beginning of our effort on that front — we have much more to do. The Facebook Journalism Project Page will serve as a hub for our efforts to promote and support journalism on Facebook, and we’ll update you on our initiatives here,” she added.
As part of this, Facebook will also run PSAs in collaboration with the nonprofit News Literacy Project that will help people determine the accuracy of news stories, and will work on a research with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.