Reuters will apply its experience in verifying information for finding fakes on Facebook and Instagram. The agency has opened a new division, Reuters Fact Check, whose employees will study photos, videos, as well as news headlines and other social media content in English and Spanish, TechCrunch said.
As part of the agreement with Facebook, a team of four agency employees will pay attention to materials that interest either the Reuters editorial board or the social network itself. Experts will share their findings on the blog. Facebook will use this information to mark fake posts as false. Thus, the social network will limit their distribution by removing the news feed at the end.
Two employees checking the information will be located in Washington, two more – in Mexico City. In total, Reuters employs more than 25,000 people. In the future, the number of those who check posts on Facebook may increase, since the agency and the social network plan to cooperate both before the presidential election in the US in 2020 and after.
In August 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook had offered a deal to several U.S. media, according to which it would pay them $ 3 million each year for the right to publish their news in a new section of the social network. Among the bidders are ABC News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and WSJ publisher Dow Jones.