Facebook is planning a news verification service in Brazil in partnership with two local fact-checking organisations.
The company said in a statement on May 10, the service will be launched next week and will significantly reduce the distribution of fake news on its feed. It said Facebook’s partners Aos Fatos and Lupa will analyze the veracity of news items denounced as false by users of the site.
Besides, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on May 8 ordered one of the biggest management shakeups in the history of the social network, giving more responsibility to his chief product officer and launching a blockchain division.
The shake-up appeared to consolidate power at the sprawling internet company, although it included no firings or outside hires and did not change the role of either Zuckerberg or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Chris Cox, the chief product officer in charge of the flagship Facebook service, will now also oversee the widely used services Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, the company said.