When it comes to online news, social media has propelled its growth, raising concerns over its authenticity. Some of them are even outright fake. To tackle this issue, news organisations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and BuzzFeed, have joined hands with tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to share best practices on how to verify true news stories and stop the spread of fake ones.
The initiative is headed by First Draft News, the Google-backed organization created to help newsrooms and other groups improve how they handle the sourcing and verification of stories from social media.
Some of the other partner organisations include CNN, ABC News of Australia, ProPublica, AFP, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Le Monde’s Les Decodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange and Al Jazeera Media Network, Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network and Duke Reporters’ Lab.”