Facebook has taken some considerable steps to prevent fake news from spreading on its platform which happens to be the world’s largest social media network. The company has reportedly also built a tool to track fake news about itself and its products. The program is called “Stormchaser” and it’s used to catch and debunk misinformation about Facebook.
According to a new report, it claims that Stormchaser is used by Facebook to track and refute fake news about the company. This includes rumours spread on WhatsApp, which does have a slight rumour spreading problem that the company has had to tackle too.
Stormchaser was reportedly developed in 2016 and has been used to follow viral posts about Facebook. It has picked up rumours like Facebook listening in on users to harmless pranks which trick users into copying/pasting a status if they don’t want their account to be locked down.
According to a spokesperson for the company, he stated that this tool was built with simple technology so that it can help detect posts about Facebook based on keywords. The information then helps Facebook decide whether it should respond to any product confusion on its platform.
In his words;
We didn’t use this internal tool to fight false news because that wasn’t what it was built for, and it wouldn’t have worked.