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Fake news watch: Facebook to activate fact-checking centres

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With the first round of voting for the Lok Sabha elections less than 72 hours away, Facebook has created a team of engineers, operations specialists and data scientists spread across three continents, which will work with its team in India to check false news, misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression.

More than 18 months ago, the social media platform, which counts India among its largest markets accounting for close to 20% of its total user base, started working across dozens of teams, both in India and around the globe, to come out with detailed planning and risk assessment for the Lok Sabha elections across its platforms.
Facebook India’s managing director and vice-president Ajit Mohan said in a blog post that the findings allowed the company to concentrate work on key areas including blocking and removing fake accounts, fighting spread of misinformation, stopping abuse by domestic actors, spotting attempts at foreign meddling and taking action against inauthentic coordinated campaigns.

“Building on lessons, we have learned over the past two........

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