Facebook aiming to build up news literacy

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by BLOOMBERG

FACEBOOK Inc aims to strengthen news literacy among Malaysians by helping users understand the tools and features available.

It held its first News Day in Kuala Lumpur last Friday as part of its Facebook Journalism Project to facilitate the learning of how to enhance news experience and delivery to news leaders and journalists.

The session gave attendees the opportunities to understand the tools available on Facebook and Instagram deeper, including features such as Facebook Live, Instant Articles, CrowdTangle and e-Learning courses that can be utilised in their daily work.

“With over 21 million people in Malaysia discussing ideas and sharing news on the platform, we are committed to fostering an informed community and a healthy news ecosystem in Malaysia where journalism can thrive,” said Facebook Asia Pacific head of news partnerships Ken Teh in a statement.

The journalism project was introduced in January to partner the media industry to enhance its service to the news industry.

A number of newsroom leaders and top journalists from all over the world have connected with Facebook to provide their insights and learn how to support local news organisations and promote independent media.

It aims to improve news literacy further by providing consumers with education ads in both print and radio outlets to help identify fake news through a few tips.

Other attempts include facilitating a one-day roundtable discussion on how to advance news literacy in the Asia-Pacific region and providing online Facebook course for journalists.

It also helps users to address “cloaking”, a method utilised by spammers to create a link to a page that passes a site’s policy requirements but is a malicious link.

“Our goal is to gather as much input as possible from local newsrooms and journalists in Malaysia and work together in order to find solutions to industry problems that hinder us from delivering authentic news to readers on Facebook,” Teh said.

The Facebook Journalism Project is just the beginning of the company’s effort in deepening and broadening of Facebook’s relationship with journalism, he added.