Facebook expands its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 African countries

5807598931 c920798e96 cFacebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 additional African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse (AFP), the France 24 Observers, Pesa Check and Dubawa

The programme will be available in Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia and Burkina Faso through AFP, Uganda and Tanzania through both Pesa Check and AFP, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire through the France 24 Observers and AFP, Guinea Conakry through the France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa.

Feedback from the Facebook community is one of many signals Facebook uses to raise potentially false stories to fact-checkers for review. Local articles will be fact-checked alongside the verification of photos and videos. If one of our fact-checking partners identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it lower in news feed, significantly reducing its distribution.

Kojo Boakye, Facebook head of public policy, Africa, said, “Taking steps to help tackle false news on Facebook is a responsibility we take seriously, we know misinformation is a problem, and these are important steps in continuing to address this issue. We know that third-party fact-checking alone is not the solution, it is one of many initiatives and programmes we are investing in to help to improve the quality of information people see on Facebook.”

Eric Mugendi, the managing editor from Pesa Check who will provide fact-checking services in Swahili and English, added, “Social media is often the primary access to digital content or the ‘Internet’ for many Africans. They shape our perceptions of the world, our public discourse, and how we interact with public figures. This project helps us dramatically expand our fact-checking to debunk claims that could otherwise cause real-world harm.”

Caroline Anipah, programme officer, Dubawa (Ghana), stated, “Dubawa is excited to be in Ghana where the misinformation and disinformation have become widespread as a result of technological advancement and increasing internet penetration. Dubawa intends to raise the quality of information available to the public with the ultimate aim of curbing the spread of misinformation and disinformation and promoting good governance and accountability.”

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