• Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are joining a coalition that fights fake news in the internet.
  • First Draft Coalition, a group of over 30 media organizations, will exert massive effort to filter out fake news from legitimate ones
  • This comes after Facebook gets flak for being a vehicle for misinformation online

Fake news may soon be banned in social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

The two social media companies have signed agreements with the First Draft Coalition, a group of media organizations pledging to stop the flow of false information online.

This is a very timely move especially that fake news of deaths, pronouncements, among others, are getting viral in the world wide web.

First Draft Coalition is an effort led by Google. They will be launching a voluntary code of practice that will encourage news literacy among the netizens around the globe.

The project is expected to be formally launched by the end of October this year.

First Draft Coalition includes media giants such as the New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Agence France-Presse and CNN.

Facebook alone has 1.7 billion active users monthly. Recently, it has received much criticism because it’s being used as a medium for misinformation. Twitter, on the other hand, has 140 million users daily.

With the two social media sites joining the coalition, Filipinos will expect less of fake news spreading online. In recent months, there were some fake and controversial statements that has been wrongly attributed to certain politicians. This has often led to public uproar or destroyed reputation.

Pinoy social media users have lauded the move, especially because there has been a lot of misinformation that go viral in recent months.