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Will the ‘Journalism Project’ Solve Facebook’s Fake News Problem?

Facebook also plans to explore the introduction of advertising breaks in regular videos.

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Facebook wants to spread news literacy across the world. (Photo: iStock)

Facebook Inc launched its ‘Journalism Project’ on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organisations.

The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team.

As part of the new project, Facebook said on Wednesday it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360, and Instant Articles.

Facebook said it would test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organisations.

Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg Details How Facebook Plans to Fight Fake News

The company said it would work with third-party organisations to promote "news literacy" and help users decide which sources are trustworthy and would also continue to work on curbing hoaxes.

Facebook has been in the fake news spotlight, accused of not doing enough to tackle the problem on its platform, especially during the US presidential campaign.

We care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive
Fidji Simo, Director - Product, Facebook

Facebook also said on Wednesday it would explore the introduction of advertising breaks in regular videos.

The company has previously tested the ad format for Facebook Live

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