Facebook India ropes in BBC’s Trushar Barot to combat fake news

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MUMBAI: Facebook India has roped in BBC World Service Digital Launch Editor (Indian Languages) Trushar Barot to combat fake news. Based out of Delhi, Barot will soon join Facebook India and will lead and develop the Integrity Initiatives for Facebook.

In his new role, he will be responsible to work on combating fake news and digital misinformation besides developing digital literacy training programmes, working with startups and most importantly, coming up with big ideas that will bring significant positive impact.

Barot, who has been with BBC World Service for 17 years, announced the news on social networking site Twitter. He has over 22 years of experience in the British, Indian and global media industry across newspapers, TV, radio and online.

“After 17 amazing years, I will soon be leaving the BBC. I will be moving to a new role to lead and develop the Integrity Initiatives for Facebook in India. This will mean leading their work on combating fake news and digital misinformation, developing digital literacy training programmes, working with startups and most importantly, coming up with big ideas that will bring significant positive impact in the digital development of a country with over a billion people.It’s basically my dream job,” Barot Tweeted.

Recently, Facebook had appointed Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan as managing director (MD) and Vice-President for India. Mohan will join Facebook early next year and will report directly to the Menlo Park-based headquarter and not Asia Pacific. He will be responsible for driving Facebook’s overall strategy and continued investment in India.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny over fake news being delivered through the platform and the allegations that data analytics and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica mined the data of 80 million users without consent.

Recently, Facebook had introduced a third-party fact-checking programme in India to combat the spread of “false news” on its platform. It had partnered with fact-check portal Boom to review English language news stories flagged on Facebook and rate their accuracy.

The programme is part of series of initiatives by Facebook to tackle the problem of fake news on its platform.


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