Regional and global speakers participating in the Forum led engaging training sessions.
Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
Dubai Press Club (DPC), in partnership with Facebook, organised the region’s first Facebook News Forum in Dubai on Wednesday. More than 200 journalists, content creators, publishers and other professionals in the media field took part in the full-day event to discuss the future of the news industry and the need to ensure a continuous flow of accurate and reliable information on social media platforms, including the methods being used to fight and reduce the spread of fake news.
The full-day event, which took place at Alserkal Avenue, was part of a series of initiatives held by Facebook under the Facebook Journalism project, which has been designed to support journalism and news literacy around the world.
Regional and global speakers participating in the Forum led engaging training sessions aimed at promoting quality journalism on the Facebook platform. The forum kicked off with a session with Jesper Doub, Director of News Partnerships EMEA, Facebook, during which he stressed that people should have access to great journalism on the platform and that Facebook continues to work on building a bridge with the media through partnerships. During the session, which was moderated by Mustafa Al Rawi, Assistant Editor-in-Chief at The National, Doub said the news industry is going through massive transformations which include changes in business approaches, and that Facebook is working to help news partners find their way on the platform.
Doub also spoke about Facebook’s commitment to fighting fake news through working with a network of up to 54 fact-checking partners who review and rate the accuracy of content on Facebook. He added that Facebook also removes around one million fake accounts every day on the platform using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in order to keep spam, fraud and hate speech off the platform.
In another session, titled ‘News Feed and Integrity’, Nick Wrenn, News Partnerships Lead, UK and Ireland, Facebook, discussed how Facebook ensures users are able to recognise misleading news through flagging and pushing down inaccurate content with the help of independent fact-checkers. He further noted that integrity of content became a major focus for Facebook in the last few years.
As a field of 62 all-female teams tackled a gruelling Gov Games obstacle course comprising nine mind and body-defying challenges
Sheikh Mohammed also called on media organisations to develop their human capital, which will continue to be the base for innovation and creativity.
The UAE media is playing a crucial role in enhancing the country’s profile and promoting the nation as a centre for development and innovation, a top media official said at the 5th Emirati Media Forum (EMF) held in Dubai on Saturday.
The Kremlin is expected to move immediately to absorb the regions once the voting is over, with President Vlaidmir Putin expected to declare their incorporation into Russia later this week.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said earlier that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the audio leaks allegedly from PM House that features government officials.
Blinken's comments came after India's defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan's fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute, which echoed inside the hall.