A group of social networks and other media outlets has committed to improving news quality. They joined technology companies to design a platform and a code of conduct against fake news.
Jenni Sargent is the managing director of First Draft news. There are more than 30 organizations which are enlisted in the First Draft Coalition, and their mission is to boost confidence in reporting information that goes online.
Sargent declared that we are now at a place where achieving trustworthy, truthful news is a challenge for newsrooms and social platforms alike. She cited the Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian UK-based newspaper, in saying that the “news feed on your phone” makes “all the stories look the same”, even if their source Is not credited with trust.
Some of the members of the First Draft Coalition are Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, The Telegraph, Amnesty International European Journalism Centre and many others.
Partners have a goal of sharing knowledge and nurturing policies and training for journalists to correctly source and report the news.
The platform was formed in June 2015, supported by the Google News Lab. It aims to spread awareness about information that should make the news and media sourced from social networks – according to Sargent. On the official website of the First Draft Coalition, there is a catalog of articles and case studies which point to best practices and guide journalists on how to convey the news.
Because there is a large community of news specialists who have good skills, Sargent wants the First Draft Platform to have a feedback database, where social media representatives and journalists can gather and share ideas for ways of improving news quality. Sargent also wants the platform to enable social media users to critique news and increase their news literacy.
The First Draft Coalition has formed a year ago, in June, but the platform is going to be launched in October. The platform will also include a code of conduct for journalists to voluntarily follow.
Facebook wants to modify the “trending” section so as to reduce human partisanship (or bias).
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