EU calls on social media to invest more on fact-checking – but…

The company quadrupled the number of fact-checking groups it works with worldwide over the last year and its subsidiary WhatsApp launched its first fact-checking service. The EU, which has expanded its own fact-checking team, urged online platforms to take greater action or risk regulation. French fact-checking groups, who are mostly embedded in mainstream media, fared better. In Germany, only 2.2% of Twitter users mapped in the study retweeted, replied or mentioned the content distributed by six fact-checking groups. “There are a lot of concepts being tested because we don’t know what is going to work.”As the rapid spread of fake news on social media has raised the profile of fact-checking groups, it is forcing them to rethink how they work.

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