Facebook, Africa Check, Double Down On Third-Party Fact-Checking Programme
…With New Local Language Support For African Languages

Social networking website, Facebook and Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation, Africa Check have announced the addition of new local language support for several African languages as part of Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking programme, which helps to assess the accuracy of news on Facebook, and aims to reduce the spread of misinformation.

Facebook launched the fact checking programme last year across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon, to expand its local language coverage across Nigeria (Yoruba and Igbo), adding to Hausa which was already supported, Kenya (Swahili), Senegal (Wolof), as well as South Africa (Afrikaans, Zulu, Setswana, Sotho, Northern Sotho and Southern Ndebele)

Facebook Head of Public Policy, Africa, Kojo Boakye said: “We continue to make significant investments in our efforts to fight the spread of false news on our platform, whilst building supportive, safe, informed and inclusive communities. Our third-party fact-checking programme is just one of many ways we are doing this, and with the expansion of local language coverage, this will help in further improving the quality of information people see on Facebook. We know there is still more to do, and we’re committed to this.”

Executive director of Africa Check, Noko Makgato said “We’re thrilled to be expanding the arsenal of the languages we cover in our work on Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme. In countries as linguistically diverse as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Senegal, fact-checking in local languages is vital. Not only does it let us fact-check more content on Facebook, it also means we’ll be reaching more people across Africa with verified, credible information.”

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