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Facebook to Form Election Commission to Counter Fake News Spread

Facebook to Form Election Commission to Counter Fake News Spread
The Siliconreview
27 August, 2021

The social media giant plans to form an election commission, where third-party academics and policy experts could decide on such matters.

Democratic institutions worldwide are grappling with a fake news dilemma. The governments across continents have stepped up their guards to counter this as the misinformation typhoon has whirled out of control. When I narrow down and ask how this menace took shape in the first place. Well, it dates back to 1835 when The New York Sun (a newspaper) published a story about “Great Moon Hoax”. Later, in the 19th century when the modern newspaper came to light, they published fake news stories to increase their circulation.

An abundance of social media platforms has fanned out misinformation scope given how these platforms operate, currently. In the previous centuries, misinformation did not impact the way it does in the existing digital age. For instance, Facebook in its last five years has been accused of mishandling election campaigns. The social media giant is accused of favoritism and disseminating election-related misinformation.

To tackle this, Facebook plans to form an election commission, where third-party academics and policy experts could decide on such matters. The platform approached these experts for the first time as it had never sought any advice from a third party before,The New York Times reported this on Wednesday.

The report, however, said that Facebook cannot be contacted to verify about forming the commission, so such efforts could still fall apart.