Facebook to factcheck Canadian news stories to reduce spread of fake news

TORONTO — Facebook Canada will launch a third-party, fact-checking program to root out fake news and provide users with more context on articles they read on the platform.The program is a collaboration with newswire service Agence France-Presse, who will have fact-checkers in Canada to review stories from local news outlets and rate their accuracy.Instagram estimated to be worth more than $100 billionCanadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads, boosted postsFacebook removed 583 million fake accounts from January through MarchContent the fact-checkers deem to be false or a mixture of accurate and inaccurate will appear lower in news feeds and be accompanied with related, true articles from fact-checkers.Pages that repeatedly share fake news will see their ability to monetize and advertise removed after several offences.Publishers responsible for false stories will have the chance to dispute any inaccurate ratings they receive and will be able to issue corrections.Facebook has long been the subject of complaints around fake news, which some say the platform has allowed to spread. read more

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Green groups lose bid to turn off the taps on hydraulic fracturing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Two British Columbia environmental groups have lost their bid to stem the flow of surface water for use in fracking operations.The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit last year against the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and energy company EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA), seeking a court declaration that short-term water approvals by the commission violated the provincial Water Act.But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick has dismissed the petition.In a ruling posted on the court’s website this week, Fitzpatrick says there is no prohibition under provincial rules against granting repeat short-term approvals for surface water use.She notes that the commission and the provincial Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations ministry have significant expertise in managing the many environmental, economic and social interests involved.Though she dismissed their application, Fitzpatrick did find the environmental groups had raised an important public issue and did not order them to pay the defendants’ costs. Green groups lose bid to turn off the taps on hydraulic fracturing by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 16, 2014 12:29 pm MDT read more

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