Meta expands its Third-Party Fact-Checking Program in Moldova
As part of Meta’s fight against misinformation, we partner with independent, third-party fact-checkers around the world, who review and rate the accuracy of the content. Today we're expanding Meta’s third-party fact-checking program in Moldova, announcing a new partnership with Stopfals.md, a fact-checker certified through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network.
When a fact-checker rates a story as false, we show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution. This stops the misinformation from spreading and reduces the number of people who see it. Pages and domains that repeatedly share false news will also see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed. And when a post has been marked as false, we warn people who see the post or try to share the post that it has been marked as false. Fact-checkers do not remove accounts or pages from Facebook or Instagram.
We're happy to have Stopfals as our third-party fact-checking partner in Moldova. Expanding our third-party fact-checking program is an important milestone in fighting false news and helping Moldovan people to use our platforms safely - Kateryna Kruk, Public Policy Manager for Albania.
"We are constantly working on ways to help stop the spread of misinformation on our platform and understand the value of partnering with local experts to do so. We are pleased to start working with Stopfals and welcome them to our global program." - Sophie Eyears, Strategic Partner Development Manager, News Integrity at Meta.
This program is in line with Meta family of apps three-part framework to improve the quality and authenticity of stories in the News Feed, wherein Facebook removes accounts and content that violate its Community Standards or ad policies, reduces the distribution of false news and inauthentic content like clickbait, and informs people by giving them more context on the posts they see.
„The Stopfals.md portal managed by the Independent Press Association (API) of the Republic of Moldova has extensive experience of denying fakes and misinformation in the media and social networks. Difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the aggressive invasion of the Russian army in Ukraine have shown how dangerous false news and conspiracy theories can be. We are grateful to META for choosing us as a data verification partner in Moldova and we will strive for this collaboration to live up to expectations.” - Lilia Zaharia, coordinator of Stopfals.md.
Stopfals.md will begin fact-checking on Facebook and Instagram in the upcoming days. This is the 2nd fact-checking partner in Moldova after establishing a partnership with AFP. Today, we work with more than 80 fact-checking partners in more than 60 languages globally, and we're investing in ways to scale these efforts further.