As we well know, Facebook is full of news that are not true, and that end up spreading very fast. Mark Zuckerberg's social network has already revealed several initiatives to solve the so-called Fakes News problem. The novelty of the time that, on Thursday, Facebook declared support for two News literacy projects: Go, Falsiane!andFtima.
The measures were developed after a round table that was promoted by Facebook itself in September last year, in So Paulo. The event was attended by academics, specialists and representatives of fact-checking agencies and journalistic associations. The objective was to discuss the problem of disinformation in Brazil and its possible solutions, mainly with regard to education.
"We are confident that these two projects will help people in Brazil to make more conscious decisions about the content they consume on the internet and outside, "says Claudia Gurfinkel, leader of partnerships with Facebook media vehicles for Latin America." We have been in dialogue with academia, checking agencies, NGOs, technology companies and media companies about what we can do together to reduce misinformation, and we will participate in more initiatives in this area in 2018. "
For those who don't know, O Vaza, Falsiane! It is a course offered to all audiences, and aims to expand the competence for reading news, as well as to encourage criticism about information sources.
"Identify the Falsianes that circulate in the news a fundamental competence in the world today. As well as identifying its different subtypes, ranging from clearly false information to edited truths and skewed data ", explains Professor Paganotti.
Ftima is already a Messenger bot created to guide users on how to travel in the universe of online information.
"More than saying whether a false, true news or something in between, it will be possible to show how to recognize reliable sources and adapt to the information environment ", analyzes journalist Tai Nalon, executive director and cofounder of Aos Fatos.