A Facebook Fact-Checker Prepares to Propose a Solution to the Company’s False Ad Debacle
New York (CNN Business)One of the companies that Facebook hired to fact-check posts on its platform will propose a change to Facebook’s policy allowing politicians to run ads containing falsehoods, CNN Business has learned.
Lead Stories, one of the fact-checking organizations hired by Facebook (FB) after the 2016 election to help curb the platform’s misinformation problem, will propose that fact-checkers vet ads from politicians and that those fact-checks then be reviewed by a new nonpartisan blue-ribbon panel.Lead Stories will make the proposal at a meeting for Facebook’s fact-checkers at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters next week, Alan Duke, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Lead Stories, told CNN Business Thursday. “There is an urgent need for a fair method to identify egregiously false political ads in 2020,” Duke, himself a former CNN journalist, said. “Our experience as fact checkers shows me that too many people are too fast to fall for disinformation.”