Facebook is partnering with Africa Check and now includes 10 African languages. The Third Party Fact Checking program helps assess the accuracy of news on Facebook and aims to reduce the spread of misinformation / fake news.
Africa Check is an independent department-checking organization launched in 2018 and they are collaborating to add the following languages to Facebook's third-party program:
- Yoruba and Igbo, adding to Hausa which has already been supported in Nigeria
- Swahili in Kenya
- Wolof in Senegal
- Afrikaans, The hole, Setswana, Sotho, North Sotho and South Ndebele in South Africa
We continue to make major investments in our efforts to combat the spread of fake news on our platform, while building strong, secure, informed and inclusive communities. Our third-party fact-checking program is just one of many ways we do it, and with the expansion of local language coverage this will help further improve the quality of information that people see on Facebook. We know that there is still more to be done, and we are committed to it.
Kojo Boakye – Facebook Head of Public Policy, Africa
According to the press release sent to the media, local articles will be checked along with the monitoring of images and videos. If any of the Facebook partners in the app identify a story as fake, that story will appear lower in your News Feed, "significantly reducing its distribution."
Pastime, we recommended our readers check out African Check, calling it an essential platform for downloading myths reported by publications with large followers. This partnership with Facebook is great news and congratulations to Africa Czech and Facebook for merging.
We are very pleased to expand the arsenal of languages we cover in our work on Facebook's third-party control program. In countries as linguistically diverse as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Senegal, proficiency in local languages is essential. Not only does it allow us to check more content on Facebook, but it also means we will reach more people across Africa with verified and credible information.
Noko Makgato – Managing Director Africa Check