With more upgrades to curb cyber insecurity and breaches the social media giants Facebook has employed the use of more African languages as a means to battle fake news and misinformation.
The company has said the new language support is part of its third-party fact-checking program in partnership with Africa Check, an independent fact-checking organization.
With Facebook’s growing community, the company has said its technology relies on the information provided by its communities to flag fake news and pass it on to fact checkers for review.
Stories marked as inaccurate will be shown in the lower part of the page in the news feed in the Facebook site, reducing the spread of fake news.
According to the information given by both Facebook and Africa Check, the number of languages covered by the misinformation check effort will be increased by 10 including Afrikaans of South Africa, Swahili the popular language in Kenya, Nigeria’s Yoruba and Wolof spoken in Senegal and others.
The executive director of Africa Check says the expansion helps ensure that fake information in languages other than English and French can be identified more easily and marked out.
Noko Makgato said the Africa Check team will review and rate video, text, and photo content that have been flagged as potentially fake news.
In his words “Our job is to review this content, provide a rating and an informative article. The system allows us to rate content based on a range of options from ‘true’ to ‘mixture (of true and false),’ ‘satire,’ ‘opinion’ and ‘false'”. He said to news media.
A Facebook official Kojo Boakye, Head of public policy for Africa Facebook, says that the social media giants will continue to invest in efforts to help stop the spread of false news.
He 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.”
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