Technology Facebook shareholders propose reports on 'fake news', pay equality

05:35  16 april  2017
05:35  16 april  2017 Source:   Reuters

Facebook rolls out features to curb fake news

  Facebook rolls out features to curb fake news Facebook is adding changes to its systems that will make it harder for fake news to be spread and eliminate fake accounts. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook will incorporate patterns of activity including posting the same content or a higher volume of messages than normal in an effort to stop fake accounts from being accounted. “We’ve found that when people represent themselves on Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly,” Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a post explaining the decisions.

(Reuters) - Shareholders have proposed that Facebook Inc prepare a report on the threat to democracy and free speech from so-called fake news spread on the social media forum, and the Separately, shareholders also proposed a gender pay equality report be prepared by December.

(Reuters) - Shareholders have proposed that Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote) prepare a report on the threat to democracy and free speech from so-called fake news spread on the social media forum Separately, shareholders also proposed a gender pay equality report be prepared by December.

The Facebook logo is displayed on the company's website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France © REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files The Facebook logo is displayed on the company's website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France REUTERS - Shareholders have proposed that Facebook Inc prepare a report on the threat to democracy and free speech from so-called fake news spread on the social media forum, and the dangers it may pose to the company itself, according to a proxy filing made on Friday.

The proposal, which said Facebook had provided "a financial mechanism supporting fabricated content" on the internet, suggests the company review the issue broadly, including the extent to which it blocks fake posts, how its strategies impact free speech and how it evaluates claims in posts.

Facebook busts up international spam operation

  Facebook busts up international spam operation While Facebook has spent significant time fighting fake news on its network, it continues to battle another plague to its social platform: Fake accounts. In this case, the profiles weren't generated through "traditional mass account creation methods," Facebook's blog post stated, using sophisticated methods to hide their coordinated efforts. The ring was apparently trying to build a network of friend connections by using the accounts to like and interact with Pages, with the eventual intent to unleash a torrent of spam.

" Facebook is highly vulnerable, as fake news promoters are spamming their way to visibility for fake news through strategically gaming Facebook ’s algorithms and publishing platform," the proposal Separately, shareholders also proposed a gender pay equality report be prepared by December.

(Reuters) - Shareholders have proposed that Facebook Inc (O:FB) prepare a report on the threat to democracy and free speech from so-called fake news spread on the social media forum, and the Separately, shareholders also proposed a gender pay equality report be prepared by December.

"Facebook is highly vulnerable, as fake news promoters are spamming their way to visibility for fake news through strategically gaming Facebook’s algorithms and publishing platform," the proposal states.

"In light of the societal crisis generated by the explosion of fake news and related hate speech, failure to effectively manage this issue creates public policy risk," it said.

The issue of fake news came to prominence during the U.S. presidential election last year, when many inaccurate posts were widely shared on Facebook and other social media services. Facebook has said it is tackling the problem.

It already has a program in France to use outside fact-checkers to combat fake news in users' feeds and suspended 30,000 accounts in France on Thursday, ahead of the country's presidential election.

Separately, shareholders also proposed a gender pay equality report be prepared by December.

The proposal recommends the company disclose the percentage pay gap between male and female employees across race and ethnicity, policies taken to address the gap, the methodology used to take those measures, and targets that could be set to reduce the gap.

Facebook's board of directors have recommended a vote against both proposals.

(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Rigby)

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