Google and Facebook have revealed that they are gearing up to introduce new tools using which they will crack down on fake news in Canada.
Misleading or fake news have been the focus area of the two major information platforms ever since the end of the U.S. presidential campaign. Donald Trump won the elections and many point fingers at the fake news being spread during the voting hours as being the reason why Trump was elected and Hilary Clinton lost it.
Canada isn’t immune from the effects of fake news with the Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis, admitting that he posted false information about the Trudeau government in an effort to draw out left-leaning voters. In January Kouvalis took to Twitter to post a list of “billions” of dollars that Trudeau’s Liberal government had supposedly given to international aid organizations in the last year, including $351 million for the designated terrorist group Hamas. He later admitted the information was false, telling Maclean’s magazine that he posted it “to make the left go nuts.”
Considering how fake news is affecting major countries and their governments, Google and Facebook have admitted that their platforms are being used to spread misinformation and in a bid to restrict such kind of news, they have been testing online tools in the U.S. and the U.K. aimed at helping users identify credible information posted on their web portals. The two companies have said they will be launching similar tools in Canada soon.
Google has brought in “fact-check” tag helping readers to find fact-checked content in major trending stories. Facebook has revealed that it was also testing a system to combat fake news.
While Google has already implemented its ‘fact-checked’ tag to a certain extent, Facebook says that its tool is still in the early stages of testing.
“It is still early days, but we’re looking forward to learning and continuing to roll this out more broadly soon,” said Facebook spokesman Alex Kucharski.
Politicians in Canada have also revealed their intentions of speaking with the two technology giants to see if the government can help them out to ensure that Canadians are getting reliable information.
The Canadian government is being proactive in dealing with fake news and while policy decisions haven’t been taken, the federal heritage committee began studying ways in which fake and false news can be curtailed.