European media is reporting that Facebook’s parent company Meta announced a series of initiatives on its platforms to fight disinformation ahead of the French presidential election. According to a Politico report:
February 16, 2022 PARIS — Facebook’s parent company Meta Wednesday announced a series of initiatives on its platforms to fight disinformation ahead of the French presidential election, including a new way to flag fake news on its messaging service WhatsApp. WhatsApp users will now be able to notify Facebook’s media partner Agence France-Presse (AFP) about false information, and the news agency will be able to reply with fact-checking. The other initiatives include an awareness campaign about disinformation deployed on Instagram with media outlet Loopsider; another campaign with AFP on Facebook about what to do when facing fake news; and a media literacy program — the Poynter Institute’s MediaWise — for WhatsApp users in partnership with France 24 to help people learn to spot conspiracy theories, scams, hoaxes and false information. “We also rely on technological tools to keep harmful content off our platforms in real time, and work with four independent fact checkers in France — AFP, Les Décodeurs du Monde, 20 Minutes and France 24 — to reduce the circulation of false information,” Meta France’s head of public affairs Anton Battesti wrote in a separate blog post.
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In November, we reported that France had established an office to counter foreign media manipulation ahead of the 2022 presidential election.