After facing backlash for helping to propagate fake news throughout the United States' election cycle these past two years, Facebook has launched a filter that aims to combat this issue in France.
The effects of fake news can be extremely dangerous, as it often spreads harmful ideas and untruths that can have negative consequences in the real world. The fake news filter in France was launched in time for the country's upcoming presidential elections, a time where honesty in the media is of utmost importance. The filter will involve Facebook "partnering with eight French media companies to fact-check, report and filter fake news articles" in order to ensure that accurate information is being disseminated through the social media network.
This filter comes as a direct result of consumers' demand for the social media company to uphold honesty for the sake of politics, ethics and to help prevent the consequences that were observed in the Unites States' presidential election.