With a number of upcoming elections across Africa, Facebook has decided to share with the continent how they plan to tackle misinformation and fake news in Africa. You will be living under the rocks if you don’t know that in few days Nigerians will be exercising their civic duties by electing candidates into various political offices. I hope you are ready because I am.
Ok, now back to the Facebook story. We all know the negative impact of Fake News, and how these fake stories can cause havoc and start a revolution. Well, it seems that Facebook is taking giant steps in curbing the inflow of misinformation and outright fake news.
According to Akua Gyekye, Facebook Public Policy Manager, Africa Elections, “Facebook has dedicated unprecedented resources to these efforts globally — and our work across Africa is focused on eight key areas”. The core areas are:
Fighting False News
Facebook wants to stop the spread of false news on its platforms. That’s why they have teamed up with local third-party fact-checkers across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon and Senegal — including Africa Check (Africa’s first independent fact-checking organization), AFP (Agence France-Presse …read more