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Wolof, Swahili, Zulu and others integrated by Facebook in the fight against fake news

Saturday August 20, 2022

It is now possible for African users to verify the veracity of information published on Facebook in their native languages. The American social network has indeed integrated several African languages ​​into its third-party fact-checking program, dedicated to combating the spread of fake news on its platform. An integration that is part of a partnership between Facebook and the fact-checking company, Africa Check.

Conveniently, it will now be possible for Africans speaking Wolof (in Senegal), Swahili (Kenya and 14 other African countries), Zulu, Sotho, Northern Sotho, Setswana, Southern Ndebele and Afrikaans (South Africa ) or Yoruba and Igbo (Nigeria) and other African languages ​​to verify the accuracy of information in their languages. “The program analyzes the accuracy of information and other information on Facebook, ensuring that users do not absorb or spread misinformation,” explains a statement from Facebook.

The launch of this program in African languages ​​coincides with growing accusations against Facebook that the platform has become the launching pad for all disinformation and fake news campaigns. An image of her that the American giant wants to forget.

Jephthe Chemedie

(Source: Digital Business Africa, August 20, 2022)