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>> I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy.>> Fake news is the problem Facebook has, at times, been reluctant to admit it even has. But elections in the US and France made it an issue that couldn't be ignored.>> Including recently, in the French elections.
>> And German authorities fearing the worst, made it a focal point in their recent vote. Facebook's response is a test case for what might come next elsewhere in the world. I'm Reuters' Jacob Greaves, reporting from the Bundestag in Berlin, where under increased pressure, Facebook has also stepped up its anti-fake news drive.
But has it all just been window dressing? In Germany, Facebook is not just policing itself. It's also been working with independent fact checkers such as CORRECTIV. We sat down with the Berlin-based nonprofit organization shortly after Germany's parliamentary vote.>> Lots and lots of tiny, little rumors which were spread out via Twitter and Facebook, and they were all related to migration.
>> For four weeks of the election CORRECTIV operated a fact-checking force, liaising with Facebook and Google News about suspected misinformation. Every day they sent out advice to German newsrooms, debunking misinformation. Facebook say they also were closely with German authorities even, lawmakers, on spotting fake news. A spokesperson told us they had removed tens of thousands of fake news accounts.
But, by all accounts, fears over a massive fake news impact failed to materialize. CORRECTIV think it might be more down to the audience.>> People still trust in Germany, the traditional media. And they distrust more than people in the US, for example, news that they can read via Facebook or Twitter.
>> To measure how seriously Facebook takes fake news, we asked them how much they actually spend tackling it. And whether they'd welcome more government help with policing. They declined to give any detail. But they did highlight the following steps being taken going forward. Including limiting click bait with fake news players embedded in it, and blocking ads from pages that repeatedly share false news.
>> Any attempted interference is a serious issue.>> With some 2 billion users, Facebook undoubtedly provides a platform for global political discourse. But even after Germany's vote, the jury's out as to what extent they can proactively police it.>>