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Facebook: 5 new fact-checkers for India, Regulation in Germany, Canada and startup acquisition

Facebook adds five IFCN-certified fact-checkers in India, now in 6 languages  Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Facebook has added 5 new third-party fact-checkers in India - India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile, Fact Crescendo, the company said in a statement. The checkers are certified by Poynter Institute's IFCN, and will expand the fact-checking team to 3 new languages. If a fact-checker marks a story as false, this reduces the visibility of the story, the pages and domains that repeatedly share false news, so that their ability to monetize and advertise is removed, Facebook said. Facebook claims that it has been able to reduce the distribution of false stories by 80% through fact checkers. If a fact-checker provides more information on a post, Facebook shows the articles below the original post. It also notifies users and Page admins when they share or have previously shared a post that has been marked false. Facebook's fact-checking initiative now has 7 fact-checkers across English and 5 Indian languages - Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi in India. Facebook's oldest fact-checking partner is Mumbai-based BOOM Live. It entered into a partnership with Agence France-Presse in November last year. German anti-trust regulator orders Facebook to stop combing data from different apps Germany's anti-trust regulator, the Federal Cartel Office, has ordered Facebook to stop combining user data from its various apps like WhatsApp and Instagram and other third-party apps without the voluntary consent of users, reports FastCompany. The order comes after a 3-year investigation by the FCO into…

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