BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Fake news is one of the biggest problems on the internet today. People mostly get information on current events from social media, so it’s important that the news they get to read presents real facts. Facebook has been on an unending fight with misinformation, as the platform is flooded with pieces of news which distort the truth. Therefore, it has decided to take a new measure against it, namely the new Trust Indicators.
The Trust Indicators are created by The Trust Project
The Trust Indicators have been brought on Facebook by journalist Sally Lehrman, and by The Trust Project founded at Santa Clara University. This project brings together a series of journalists and news organizations who work together to combat fake news and bring back people’s hope in press.
What these Trust Indicators will do is quite simple to understand. The journalists behind the project will take different pieces of news, and assess them based on the author, the news company, and the truthfulness of the facts they present. This way, readers can tell which article presents real facts, so that they won’t end up being fed fake news. Also, this can prevent the spread of misinformation as well.
News will receive the certified badge if they present real trustworthy information
The Trust Indicators will appear next to the news articles shared on Facebook as small icons. After users tap or click these icons, they will receive information on the publisher and author of the article, and mostly everything The Trust Project could provide.
At the beginning, the Trust Indicators badge will be awarded to a limited number of publishers. However, since not all small publications spread misinformation, more of them will be added on the list and appear as certified. This way, users will avoid reading and sharing fake news. These indicators are not only meant for Facebook, as Google, Twitter, and Bing have also agreed to embrace them.
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