San Francisco: Facebook added a method for group leaders on Thursday that automatically filters out claims that have been challenged since they were posted.
The possibility for group administrators to send disinformation to the “quarantine queue” comes ahead of the US election, and Meta, as Facebook’s parent, continues to defend itself against critics who say it is not doing enough to combat disinformation on their platforms.
The tool allows groups that lead to automatically quarantine new posts marked with false information as well as previously published claims that later turned out to be untrue, according to Facebook.
“To ensure that content is more trustworthy for the community as a whole, group administrators can automatically move posts containing information judged to be false by third party fact-checkers to pending posts so admins can review posts before deleting them,” said Facebook chief Tom Alison.
In March, Facebook began allowing groups to automatically reject new posts identified as containing false information, targeting parts of a huge network that has aroused particular concern from misinformation keepers.
More than 1.8 billion people a month use Facebook groups that allow members to meet on a variety of topics, from parenting to politics.
However, critics have said groups are ready to spread misleading or false information because they sometimes have a large audience of like-minded users organized around a specific topic.
The Disinformation Checker was one of the improvements aimed at making it easier for administrators to manage groups.
“There are over 100 million new group members on Facebook every day, which is amazing,” said Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg, adding his promise to continue creating new features for “even deeper contacts” around shared interests.
According to Alison, group evolution is part of Meta’s vision of the future, where online life takes place in virtual worlds known as metaverses.
“Technology is evolving rapidly,” said Alison at the summit.
“More specifically, we develop it by investing in products and research that will help make the metaverse a reality.”