Facebook has announced more African languages will be covered in its effort to curb fake news.The social media giant said the new language support is part of its third-party fact-checking program in partnership with Africa Check, an independent fact-checking organization.
According to a joint statement released by Africa Check and Facebook on Wednesday, the number of languages covered by the fact-checking effort will expand by 10. This will include South Africa’s Afrikaans; Swahili, widely spoken in Kenya; Nigeria’s Yoruba; and Wolof, native to Senegal.
The program, launched in 2018, helps to monitor the accuracy of news shared on Facebook.
Noko Makgato, executive director of Africa Check, says the expansion helps ensure that misinformation in languages other than English and French can be identified and tackled.
Makgato said the Africa Check team will review and rate video, text, and photo content that have been flagged as possibly containing fake news. — (CNN)