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Facebook starts journalism project

Efforts could be part of aim to stop fake 'news'

A group of visitors sit for a photograph in front of the
A group of visitors sit for a photograph in front of the "Like" logo displayed at the entrance of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Oct. 22, 2015. Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris.

Facebook announced Wednesday that it’s launching its own journalism project, continuing its efforts to change the way media organizations work with the social network.

The move could be seen as an extension of its vow earlier this year to crack down on fake news on the site.

The Facebook Journalism Project is made up of several smaller projects — each of which Facebook is working on with a variety of media partners on different projects, including the Washington Post, Fox News, Germany’s BILD and Spain’s El Pais.

Facebook outlined 10 key points that it hopes to address with the project. They include working with news organizations on new storytelling formats and ways to present stories — which, in turn, will show up in users’ news feeds.

The company will host hackathons dedicated to news problems. It will work with journalists to teach them how to use Facebook for reporting, including how to verify eyewitness accounts of breaking news.

Facebook also put out a call for local news outlets to be more involved on the social network, to give its users more information about the world immediately around them.

The social media network also will undertake some projects to help improve the media literacy of its users — a key suggestion that media scholars offered the site as it continues to grapple with the problem of misinformation.



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