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Tackling Malicious Content: Facebook Engages Indian IT Firms to Fight the Spread of Fake News

Tackling Malicious Content: Facebook Engages Indian IT Firms to Fight the Spread of Fake News

In a move to counter fake news menace, social media behemoth Facebook plans to outsource content moderation, data analytics, and anti-money laundering services to Indian IT firms such as Wipro, HCL Technologies, and Tech Mahindra. The social media company has been reeling under increased global pressure as it continues to fail to curb fake news propaganda.

Two people familiar with the development confirmed that Facebook has increased engagement in the “past few months” with regard to curbing rumours as well as fraud on the platform, The Economic Times reported. Among other IT services firms, Genpact and Accenture are also roped in to rid the company of its fake news woes; the combined contracts are valued at $400 million. This time the social media company seeks human help in resolving issues instead of the technology it previously utilized to stop the spread of fake news.

According to the ET report, Facebook did not respond to a mail sent by the publisher seeking comments. Although the newspaper could speak to Wipro and Genpact spokespersons; again, they refused to talk about the development. HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, and Accenture alsodeclined to comment.

According to data platform Satista, Facebook has over 294 million users in India, the platform’s largest user base in the world as of October 2018.


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