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L-R: Policy Programmes Manager, Sub Sahara Africa, Sherry Dzinoreva; Strategic Media Partnerships Manager, Sub Sahara Africa, Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy; Communications Manager, Sub Sahara Africa, Kezia Anim-Addo, and Public Lead, Anglophone West Africa, Akua Gyekye, all of Facebook at the launch of its Fact-Checking Programme in Nigeria with Africa Check and AFP on Tuesday October 16 in Ikeja, Lagos

Facebook Launches Third Party Fact Checking Program In Nigeria

*Appoints two partners



Facebook Inc. has Tuesday announced the launch of Third-Party Fact-Checking Program in Nigeria, a move aimed at helping combat false news from spreading on Facebook.

Speaking in Lagos, Facebook’s Public Lead, Anglophone West Africa at , Akua Gyekye said the Third-Party Fact-Checking helps one assess the accuracy of news in Nigeria which in turn helps reduce the spread of misinformation while improving the quality of news people find on its platform.

“This program has already been launched in Kenya and South Africa, she added.

On her part, Strategic Media Partnerships Manager, Sub Sahara Africa, Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy said Facebook is doing this in partnership with two organizations  certified by the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network. They are Africa Check, Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation, and AFP (Agence France Presse).

This move is part of a global network of fact-checking, she said, adding, These partners have been certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network and will review news stories on Facebook, check their facts, and rate their accuracy.


Speaking further, Muhutu-Rémy said “Facebook is committed to fighting the spread of false news and misinformation by  employing a variety of tools and tactics. They include disrupting financial incentives, taking action against fake accounts, applying machine learning to help diminish spam, and reducing the posts people see that link to low-quality web pages, providing people with easier access to additional perspectives and information. Partnering with third-party fact-checking organisations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform.”

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IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered that Facebook relies on feedback from the Facebook community, as one of many signals. Facebook uses to raise potentially false stories to fact-checkers for review. These local articles will be fact-checked alongside the verification of photos and videos. If one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it lower in News Feed, significantly reducing its distribution up to 80 per cent.

Main points:

Working with more partners

  • At Facebook, we want to work with as many organisations as possible and we welcome other partners in Nigeria to become certified and to join the fact-checking program.
  • As part of the fact-checking initiative, Facebook is partnering with organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. Poynter is internationally recognized as the leading convener, teacher and community-builder for fact-checkers around the world.

How fact-checking works

  • Fact-checking stories. News stories flagged on Facebook will be reviewed by Africa Check and AFP, who have both been certified through a non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network. These fact-checkers will review the story, check the facts, and rate the accuracy of the story.
  • Placing false stories lower in News Feed. Stories that have been rated false by a fact-checker will be placed lower in your News Feed, significantly reducing the chances of you seeing it.
  • Taking action against Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news. Pages that repeatedly share false news will see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetize and advertise removed.

Providing the Community with More Information and Control

  • Providing more context on false news stories. If third-party fact-checkers write articles providing more information on a news story, you will see these articles immediately below the original story in your News Feed, in Related Articles.
  • Notifying people when they’ve shared false news. You’ll receive notifications if you try to share a story or have shared one in the past that’s been determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false. Page admins will also be notified if they share stories rated as false.
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Giving You More Tools to Identify and Give Feedback on False News

  • Learn how to spot false news. Knowing what to look out for may help you make more informed decisions about what to read and share.
  • Provide feedback on a story you think is false. Learn how to take action on stories that you think are false.

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