Messenger VP details use of forwarding limits and fact-checking to fight misinformation – ClearTips
A few weeks ago, Facebook Messenger introduced new rules around message forwarding to limit the spread of misinformation on its platform. Speaking today on ClearTips Disrupt 2020, Facebook Messenger VP Stan Chudnovsky elaborated more on how Facebook sees its role in fighting the spread of misinformation and other harmful content on its messaging platform, while still considering Balancing that the messenger should have a platform. Private and, at times, encrypted conversations (aka “secret” messages).
Chudonovsky pointed out that Facebook’s goal is to make Messenger feel like having a private conversation between friends and family in the living room. But the company also acknowledged that with the rise of digital tools and new mediums, there are things Facebook needs to take cognizance of when it comes to how those tools can be misused.
“Messenger is obviously a personal means of communication. And we want to make sure that it is private. This is a very important priority for us. But when users started forwarding mass messages, Messenger is no longer about having a private conversation. It becomes a tool for sharing one-to-many information, he explained.
“It’s like a public broadcast …” he said.
Facebook announced for the first time last year that messaging was “adding friction” for messenger users in Sri Lanka, so people could only share one particular message to a certain number of times. At that time this limit was set for five people or groups. The same rules have now expanded to the Messenger platform, which has the same forwarding limit of five people or groups.
New limitations, execution continued, its purpose is to stop this unwanted behavior. He said, “Some pieces of information cannot be carried forward very often … This is something that we think is really going to help prevent the spread of misinformation, especially at a time when we are now.”
Chudnowski also notes how Messenger is connected to Facebook, when false information is flagged by Facebook’s partner fact checkers, that same warning about inaccuracy of information can be inserted into any Messenger conversation, users To warn, those who may be sent a misleading message. Or otherwise harmful material.
“They did not violate privacy because it all comes through the same large pipeline,” he reported. ‘
Facebook’s website, which describes how its fact-checking programs work, does not yet include just a mention of Messenger, Facebook, and Instagram.
Chudnowski said that Facebook will not end link-sharing entirely on one thing.
“I think those things are key to the Internet,” Chudnowski said of link-sharing and forwarding. “[Completely banning] The ability of people to exchange information over the Internet is intended to be defeated. [the] Internet only, ”he said.