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Facebook and Google join forces to wage war against fake news

"Fake news" is the crisis du jour for online media in 2017, and now, two tech giants are working together to stop it from wrecking a pivotal election.

...Well, another pivotal election.

Facebook and Google, along with newsrooms in France (including France 24, the partner for Mashable's French-language edition), are joining forces on a new project that will help verify or debunk viral information online. It's called CrossCheck, and it'll focus on the 2017 French presidential election. The initiative, billed as "a collaborative journalism project," was originally conceived by First Draft, a nonprofit focused on verifying information in the digital age, and Google News Lab. Read more...

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Facebook and Google join forces to wage war against fake news

"Fake news" is the crisis du jour for online media in 2017, and now, two tech giants are working together to stop it from wrecking a pivotal election.

...Well, another pivotal election.

Facebook and Google, along with newsrooms in France (including France 24, the partner for Mashable's French-language edition), are joining forces on a new project that will help verify or debunk viral information online. It's called CrossCheck, and it'll focus on the 2017 French presidential election. The initiative, billed as "a collaborative journalism project," was originally conceived by First Draft, a nonprofit focused on verifying information in the digital age, and Google News Lab. Read more...

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Google and Facebook partner for anti-fake news drive during French election

 The first round of the French presidential election is due to be held in April. So it’s no coincidence that Google and Facebook are stepping up efforts locally to combat the circulation of so-called fake news as the democratic drum beat cranks up — partnering on a collaborative initiative aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online. Read More

Google employees protest Trump’s immigration ban

Thousands of Google employees walked out Monday in protest of Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from several Muslim-majority nations.

Google told Mashable in an email that more than 2,000 Googlers turned up to protests at several company offices, including at the main Google campus in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New York. 

The biggest turnout was at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, where CEO Sundar Pichai and cofounder Sergey Brin spoke to the crowd.

#GooglersUnite Sundar and Sergey addressing the crowdpic.twitter.com/jY0vOi0ye4

— William Rucklidge (@wjrucklidge) January 30, 2017 Read more...

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New video series highlights activists using tech to defend human rights

Passionate activists are using technology to make the world a safer, more equitable place — and a new video series shines a light on their powerful stories. 

"Internet Without Borders" is a four-part series from Jigsaw, the tech incubator at Google's parent company Alphabet, featuring interviews with activists and technologists who use digital tools to defend human rights in their countries.

Jigsaw, whose mission is to look at how technology can make people safer around the world, filmed the videos at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum last May. There, the company sought out people who are "courageously fighting for freedom in diverse communities around the world." Read more...

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