In anticipation of upcoming events like the US presidential elections and India’s parliamentary elections, Meta Platforms, the entity behind the Threads social network, is gearing up to launch a fact-checking system within the platform.
Enhanced Fact-Checking Capabilities
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri has disclosed that Threads currently leverages content ratings from Facebook and Instagram for similar posts. However, in the near future, the platform will roll out its own suite of fact-checking tools. Mosseri expressed, “While presently amalgamating fact-checking scores from Facebook and Instagram with Threads, our ultimate objective is to enable fact-checking partners to directly evaluate and rate misinformation within the app.”
User Influence and Privacy Settings
NIXSolutions notes that Meta has outlined plans for Threads users in the US to wield influence over the ranking of fact-checked publications. Additionally, users who have configured their Instagram settings to conceal sensitive content will see these settings mirrored in their Threads experience. Although neither Instagram nor Threads assumes the role of a conventional news platform, Meta acknowledges the importance of mitigating misinformation on social media, particularly in the lead-up to pivotal events like the presidential election.