[2/7/17]  Tech giants Facebook and Google have teamed up with French news organizations to launch an initiative to fight fake news stories in France ahead of the country’s presidential elections.

On Monday, Facebook and Google and several media outlets announced an initiative called “Cross Check” to stop the spread of false information. Facebook said it would partner with leading French news organizations, including Agence France-Presse, BFM TV, and newspapers L’Express and Le Monde.

Facebook has been criticized for not doing enough to stop false information being republished on their platform during last year’s U.S presidential election, and has set up measures to tackle the problem.

The initiative in France emerged out of similar concerns that people could spread “fake news” on social media networks during the French presidential campaign that will take place in April and May this year.

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