Meta is reportedly planning to add a live fact-checking feature on its social media platform Threads to tackle misinformation content.

Even though the owners of Facebook and Instagram have used third-party fact-checking teams to debunk misinformation and disinformation on both applications, Meta does not have its own fact-checking team on Threads.

“Early next year, our third-party fact-checking partners will be able to review and rate false content on Threads,” Meta said in a statement quoted by Tech Viral Meta explained in an update.

“Currently, when fact checkers rate content as fake on Facebook or Instagram, we extend that fact check rating to similar content on Threads, but fact checkers cannot rate Threads content themselves,” he continued.

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri also shared a post about the program, although it didn’t provide many details other than revealing that it will be coming next year.

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“We currently match fact-checker ratings from Facebook or Instagram with Threads, but our goal is for fact-checking partners to have the ability to review and rate misinformation on the app,” Mosseri wrote.

Meta has long faced criticism for allowing misinformation and hate speech to run rampant on its platform, particularly in relation to COVID-19 and during the 2016 and 2020 US presidential elections.

In 2021, Facebook began flagging pages that consistently spread fake news, and officially banned all Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages and Groups associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Meta established a Special Operations Center to combat miss-information and remove hate speech and content that incites violence.

However, this type of content continues to surge on Facebook and Instagram during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war – even the European Union stepped in to investigate. Meta has taken action in some of these cases.

The key factor here is Threads’ relationship to news. While Threads is making strides to make trending topics more intuitively aggregated, Meta isn’t really pushing the platform as a news and current affairs space.

Back in July Mosseri wrote Politics and headlines will definitely appear in Threads – they also appear on Instagram to some extent – but we won’t do anything to push those verticals.

Notably, certain words have been blocked from Threads searches, with The Washington Post’s site reporting words like “coronavirus,” “vaccine,” “vaccination,” “sex,” “porn,” “nude,” and ” blood”, which was deliberately blocked.

Threads still doesn’t have its own community guidelines; instead the company says that Threads is specifically part of Instagram, so Instagram’s Terms of Use and Instagram’s Community Guidelines also apply to Threads.

However, Threads already has a hate speech problem, as Mashable’s Chase DiBenedetto reported warnings from civil rights groups in July.

At the time, a Meta spokesperson told Mashable and Media Matters for America in a statement, that our industry-leading human review and integrity enforcement tools had been built into Threads. As with all our apps, a hate speech policy applies.

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