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Facebook Fight Against Fake News Leads to Deeper Media Ties

  • Company says it will collaborate with media on product changes
  • Facebook to offer training, tools, education against hoaxes
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Facebook Inc., struggling with its growing role as a distributor of news, is embarking on a project that includes stronger partnerships with media companies, greater support for local news and better efforts to educate users to avoid hoaxes.

The company’s Journalism Project follows a year of debate over Facebook’s role in the media -- inside the company and externally -- during which it faced questions over whether the social network is biased in the way it presents news to users and whether it propagates false information. Members of the media will be updated on the efforts, which include training for journalists and ways to promote news literacy among users, on a new Facebook Journalism Project page.