Facebook on Thursday launched fake-news checking in South Africa, following on a similar launch in Kenya earlier this week.
Potential fake news stories will be put in front of Africa Check, a third-party fact-checking based at the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg since 2012, and the AFP news service. The launch comes as Facebook rolls fact-checking out across the world – and just before elections in South Africa, due in 2019.
Africa Check on Thursday announced its involvement in a hard-hitting post that criticised Facebook for failing in its responsibility as a publisher for many years, and points out some of the problems with its fact-checking programme. Facebook will pay Africa Check for its services.
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