Following the recent launch of its Third-Party Fact-Checking programme to help assess the accuracy of news and reduce the spread of misinformation, Facebook has partnered with the Nigerian fact-checking website, Dubawa.
Dubawa is an online platform which provides factual information to its readers so they can make informed decisions, whether political, economic, security or mainstream decisions, based on facts.
Facebook’s fact-checking programme, which also improves the quality of news people find on its platform, relies on feedback from the Facebook community, as one of many signals it uses to raise potentially false stories to fact-checkers for review.
Local articles will be fact-checked alongside the verification of photos and videos. If one of the social media giant’s fact-checking partners identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution.
Commenting on the partnership, Facebook Public Policy Manager, Anglophone West Africa, Akua Gyekye, said: “With this new partnership, we aim to build on the work we already started in Nigeria. Nigeria is important to us and we’re committed to taking our responsibility seriously in tackling the spread of false news. Dubawa is a platform that has distinguished itself in cross-checking news stories and presenting the facts to the public, leaving them to draw their own conclusions. This forms part of the work we are doing, and that is why we have decided to partner with them.”
When third-party fact-checkers write articles about a news story, Facebook will show these in Related Articles immediately below the story in News Feed.
Positing on the new alliance, Dubawa’s Editor, Dapo Olorunyomi added: “In recent times, the scourge of fake news has become a source of worry, especially in the era of politicking. It is important that we guide people on how to identify what is real and what is not by presenting available fact to them. We hope that the partnership with Facebook will further improve on the work we have been doing.”
With Facebook Third Party Fact-Checking Programme, Page Admins and people on Facebook will also receive notifications if they try to share a story or have shared one in the past that’s been determined to be false, empowering people to decide for themselves what to read, trust, and share.
Dabawa joins other fact-checkers Africa Check and Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Nigeria.
The fact-checking programme, which already runs in Kenya and South Africa, will see the partners run Third-Party Fact-Check to help assess the accuracy of news in Nigeria, and reduce the spread of misinformation, whilst improving the quality of news people find on its platform. The two firms are part of a global network of fact-checking organizations, certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network.
Facebook’s fact-checking programme seeks to reduce the flow of fake news on the platform and ensure that there is security for users.