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“We need protocols to regulate fake news effectively on an international level”, said Jean Seaton from Full Fact

“We need protocols to be effective internationally” Jean Seaton, from Full Fact-trustee said to WNOL, “It’s not something about Britain only. How can we regulate one nation only when stories can break out online virally within seconds?”

She further added that fake news are not only present online but they are also affecting different platforms such as newspapers and TV-productions.

An excerpt of the exclusive interview we had with trustee Jean Seaton is found below:

Besides different online campaigns, tutorials and listicles on how to spot fake news online, Facebook recently announced that they will be working alongside Full Fact, a fact checking organisation, to further monitor the spread of fake news.

Full Fact is a registered UK-based charity organisation which does not receive any government funding. Their aim is to work with governmental departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source.

The organisation’s impartiality makes them a very reliable. They receive and secure corrections from the Prime Minister and the House of Commons before releasing news for major newspapers and different platforms.

Full Fact has so far raised £28,000 in a crowdfunding exercise to fact check the UK election campaign which happens to be the busiest time of the year for the organization.

In an interview with The Guardian, Will Molly, director of Full Frontal said their help during the election is very much needed, although he denied to give further details on the arrangement with Google and Facebook.

Facebook depression alerts

Today’s young people spend a great deal of time on social media. It’s no surprise that signs of mental illnesses like depression can often appear first on these platforms. Facebook has decided to take action. Developers have introduced a new option for post reporting that will open a menu allowing the concerned user to either send a direct message to the poster, message other friends for support or access websites that suggest ways to help. Any posts that are reported will be reviewed by a third-party operator. There is also a way to send alerts to the original poster letting them know who is worried about them as well as links to videos about depression and local support groups.

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