Facebook extends third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African states

Author: AFP, news24, Published on: 11 October 2019

"Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states", 9 October 2019.

Facebook...announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse and other media...

"The expansion of third-party fact-checking to now cover 15 countries in a little over a year shows first-hand our commitment and dedication to the continent, alongside our recent local language expansion as part of this programme," said Kojo Boakye, Facebook head of public policy, Africa. "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...

Eric Mugendi, managing director of Pesa Check, which will provide fact-checking services in Swahili and English, said: "Social networks like Facebook haven't just changed how Africans consume the news... They shape our perceptions of the world. This project helps us dramatically expand our fact-checking to debunk claims that could cause real-world harm."

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