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Facebook launches fact-checking program in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, October 9, 2019 (FBC) – Social media giant Facebook has announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking program to ten African countries.

In a statement on Tuesday, Facebook said the expansion was aimed at assessing the accuracy and quality of news on its platform while curbing the spread of misinformation.

“Working with a network of fact-checking organisations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, third-party fact-checking will now 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 France 24 Observers and AFP; Guinea Conakry through France 24 Observers, and Ghana through Dubawa,” the statement read.

The platform, launched in 2018, is already available in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon and Senegal.

The three-step process relies on feedback from users to flag potentially fake photos and articles to fact-checkers for review and verification.

Once detected as false, Facebook will relegate the item on its timeline substantially limiting its circulation.

Source: The East African

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