Listen: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg And Africa Latin America discussed on BBC World Service
"Delhi. All this comes only weeks after Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, cooled on governments to play a more active role in controlling what get said on social media. He said the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for companies alone. And as we heard really say that. By the time. Fact checking services get involved, it's often too late. But what's up which is owned by Facebook is looking at alternative ways to stop the spread of fake stories? And it's enlisted outside help we work with what's app as an independent sort of academic institution to try to look into you know, how to solve some of their problems Dr to Sunday from the Linden is director of the university of Cambridge's social decision making lab. So some of the research we're doing is looking into motivations as to why people use WhatsApp and how they use it for news. It turns out in a lot of countries like Africa Latin America internet's very expensive. And so a lot of people actually get their news from messaging, apps and social media platforms. That's where most of the online activity takes place. People are part of many, many, many groups what happens is that political actors. They set up hundreds of groups to try to spread fake content about political candidates. And so on it's very difficult because unlike Twitter and Facebook what's happening is that. People receive content from other people they trust in their network,"