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Facebook will begin with a check of the facts in co-operation with Reuters

A Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile device, in this figure, the 6 of January by the year 2020. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) said on Wednesday it has reached an agreement with the Reuters news agency, a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp’s (TRI.(N) (TRI.To get TO it), fact-check the content of what is posted on a social media platform and photo-sharing app, Instagram.

Under pressure to remove the fake news and on the platform in front of the U.S. presidential election, Facebook began with a US-based pilot program in December to encourage spread misinformation more quickly.

The move came after the US intelligence agencies stated that social media platforms have been used in a Russian cyber influence campaign aimed at hindering the 2016 AMERICAN elections – a claim Moscow has denied.

A unit of Reuters, will be a fact-check of user-generated photos, videos, news stories and other content on Facebook in front of the AMERICAN public, in both English and Spanish, the agency said in a statement. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Facebook is working with seven others to check the facts partners, in the United States of america, including the Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse.

Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; editing by Edward Tobin

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