This week, social media giants Facebook and Twitter announced that they are stepping up action against misinformation in their networks.

Reuters reports that the two companies joined the First Draft Coalition, which was set up in June 2015 and includes major organisations such as YouTube, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Washington Post, CNN, France Info, Euronews and AFP.

The forum will create a voluntary code of practice and promote news literacy among social media users.

At the end of October, it plans to launch a platform to help members to verify questionable news stories based on user-generated content on social media. Bellingcat, an investigative journalism group, whose work dismantling pro-Kremlin disinformation on the conflict in Ukraine has been featured in the Disinformation Digest, is also a founding member.

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