Social networking giant Facebook has expanded its third-party fact-checking programme in India, adding names like India Today Group, Factly and Fact Crescendo to the roster, as the social networking giant looks to curb the spread of “fake news” on its platform ahead of general elections this year.
Apart from reviewing articles, the company has also equipped checkers with tools to review photos and videos to “help identify and take action against more types of misinformation”.
“Starting today, India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile, and Fact Crescendo, all of whom are certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network, will review news stories on Facebook for facts, and rate their accuracy…” Facebook said in a statement.
According to Facebook, fact-checking would be done for content in languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.
“We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season. And one way to do that is by growing our partnership with third-party fact-checkers. We now have seven partners across the country covering six languages, who will review and rate the accuracy of stories on Facebook,” Facebook India News Partnership Head Manish Khanduri said.