Facebook and Google Begin to Police Fake News

Both Facebook and Google will crack down on fake news with changes to the policies on both sites as well as code that will flag offending content.

The 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle won’t be soon forgotten. It shattered old conventions and introduced a completely new way of running a campaign, including fake news. No doubt some of that content was generated for political purposes. But, for better worse, some fake news was created simply for profit.

For social media giants Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), this new trend represents a challenge that can greatly affect the monetization of their platforms. If the billions of consumers and businesses that use these two brands can’t rely on the information they are accessing, advertisers may drop support for these channels. On the other hand, could small content creators face backlash whether their content is truly fake news or simply viewed that way by these digital behemoths?

Facebook and Google Will Crack Down on Fake News

Facebook has just announced a new initiative to identify authentic content because, as the company puts it, stories that are authentic resonate more with its community.

During the election, the social media giant was criticized for doing very little to combat fake news. Instead, Facebook tried to outsource the task of identifying this content to third parties including five fact checking organizations: the Associated Press, ABC news, Factcheck.org, Snopes and PolitiFact.

However, the new update ranks authentic content by incorporating new signals to better identify what is true or false. These signals are delivered in real-time when a post is relevant to a particular user. The signals are determined by analyzing overall engagement on pages to identify spam as well as posts that specifically ask for likes, comments or shares — since these might indicate an effort to spread questionable content.

As for Google, the tech company released its 2017 Bad Ads report. Google says the report plays an important role in making sure users have access to accurate and quality information online. Still, the report addresses only ads thus far. Google warns more broadly that the sustainability of the web could be threatened if users cannot rely on the information they find there.

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Will You Jump at the Chance? BlackBerry Leap Pre-orders Begin

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On Monday, March 30, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Leap will be open for pre-orders. Pre-orders will be available in five regions but supplies will be limited. Blackberry did not announce just how many phones are available so if you are interested you might not want to wait.

Currently availability is only offered for the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada. For buyers in France pre-orders already started on March 26. Pre-orders will begin in the US, UK, and Germany starting on March 30. Unfortunately for interested parties in Canada a pre-order date has yet to be announced.

The Blackberry Leap features a 5-inch HD display that is all-touch instead of the more common keyboard that Blackberry phones typically feature.

With a listed pre-order price of $275 the Blackberry Leap falls under the affordable smartphone category. However carriers will be limited. The Leap will not work on Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular networks.

Image: Blackberry

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Will You Jump at the Chance? BlackBerry Leap Pre-orders Begin

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On Monday, March 30, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Leap will be open for pre-orders. Pre-orders will be available in five regions but supplies will be limited. Blackberry did not announce just how many phones are available so if you are interested you might not want to wait.

Currently availability is only offered for the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada. For buyers in France pre-orders already started on March 26. Pre-orders will begin in the US, UK, and Germany starting on March 30. Unfortunately for interested parties in Canada a pre-order date has yet to be announced.

The Blackberry Leap features a 5-inch HD display that is all-touch instead of the more common keyboard that Blackberry phones typically feature.

With a listed pre-order price of $275 the Blackberry Leap falls under the affordable smartphone category. However carriers will be limited. The Leap will not work on Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular networks.

Image: Blackberry

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Will You Jump at the Chance? BlackBerry Leap Pre-orders Begin

dsc_0672

On Monday, March 30, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Leap will be open for pre-orders. Pre-orders will be available in five regions but supplies will be limited. Blackberry did not announce just how many phones are available so if you are interested you might not want to wait.

Currently availability is only offered for the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada. For buyers in France pre-orders already started on March 26. Pre-orders will begin in the US, UK, and Germany starting on March 30. Unfortunately for interested parties in Canada a pre-order date has yet to be announced.

The Blackberry Leap features a 5-inch HD display that is all-touch instead of the more common keyboard that Blackberry phones typically feature.

With a listed pre-order price of $275 the Blackberry Leap falls under the affordable smartphone category. However carriers will be limited. The Leap will not work on Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular networks.

Image: Blackberry

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