Guide Questions for those interested in the Facebook-Rapper-VeraFiles fact-checking process

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Guide Questions for those interested in the Facebook-Rapper-VeraFiles fact-checking process

In the spirit of improving the process of fact-checking that will be put in place by Facebook in a team-up with Rappler and Vera Files, here are “guide questions” that were  included as an optional bonus topic of our “10th Media Monitor”. Hopefully, there are students who are interested enough in the topic. If no student is interested enough — that’s your answer.

For students of marichulambino, 10th media monitor: The following is an additional bonus topic/title, and it is not a review of media content but a critical analysis on your part of the Facebook-Rappler-VeraFiles team-up to fact-check content on Facebook. In particular, please evaluate the process by which the fact-checking will be done, as reported in Rappler, as follows: 

Rappler and Vera Files will review flagged stories. These will be placed lower in the News Feed and will be less visible.” (from Facebook partners with Rappler, Vera Files for fact-checking program”, Apr. 12, 2018, at
https://www.rappler.com/technology/social-media/200060-facebook-partnership-fact-checking-program

(my notes: The fact-checkers will determine “falsehood” and will most probably rank the stories based on determination of “falsehood”: Those with a low ranking will be less visible in the News Feed of “friends and followers”).
FIRST GUIDE QUESTION FOR YOUR COMMENTARY: Do you see any problem with your post not appearing in the News Feed of your friends and followers based on being ranked as low in terms of “truthfulness” and “falsehood” by the Facebook fact-checkers? Explain using the theories of the press.
     The process is further described as follows: “People who will try to share a fake story will receive a notification that the post has been determined by the fact checker to be false.
“For pages that frequently share false stories, their post distribution will be reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise will likely be removed.” (Ibid)
SECOND GUIDE QUESTION FOR YOUR COMMENTARY: Using the many layers and standards of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics (under “Seek the truth and Report it”, which includes accuracy, context, avoiding oversimplification, identifying sources, striving for balance and fairness, etc.) do you see any tricky issues in simply determining “falsehood”, or determining that a post is false? Explain using examples.

     Now is the time to show your critical discourse savvy in your commentary, for bonus points. (please post your comments in the “10th Media Monitor” post)

     Happy discoursing!

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