Facebook, Google to Combat Fake News During French Election

Major social media companies and news organizations have started an initiative to prevent fake news stories from affecting France’s imminent presidential election.

The project, dubbed “Cross Check,” includes participation from Facebook and Google, who will work with French press, including L’Express and Le Monde, to minimize the existence and impact of fake news during the country’s election process.

Fake news was considered to have influenced the US presidential election, though a consensus on who the pandemonium favored was never reached. Facebook and Google were among the companies in the US who faced heat—notably only after Donald Trump won the election—for not doing enough to filter out politically oriented misinformation.

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