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Friday, December 28, 2018

In Cameroon Yesterday, Facebook Appoints AFP to Assist in Fighting the War Against False Information in Cameroon

In partnership with Agence France-Presse, the global social network aims to reduce the spread of misinformation on this country.


The leaders of Facebook do not want to miss the false information broadcast on Cameroon. The founder Mark Zuckerberg and his collaborators will react, through a "program of verification of information in English and French on the country of Roger Milla and Samuel Eto'o Fils. For this, they will rely on Agence France -Presse (AFP), which has been fighting this fight for a longer time. The two partners will kill two birds with one stone by improving the quality of the information on the AFP platform.

To detect false news, the auditors will screen interventions on Facebook, articles from the Cameroonian press, as well as photos and videos. "If one of the people in charge of the verification identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it below in the newsfeed, which will significantly reduce its dissemination," reads in the release released today by Facebook French speaking Africa. "Cameroon is important to us, and we are determined to take action to help fight the spread of false information on our platform. It's a responsibility we take seriously. We know that the Information Verification Agency is not the only solution, but one of the many initiatives we invest in to improve the quality of information that people see on Facebook. By identifying and demoting false news, we are helping to reduce economic incentives and limit their spread, "said Aida Ndiaye, Facebook's public relations officer for Francophone Africa.

As for AFP, it says extend its historic mission is to disseminate credible information. This is precisely Michèle Léridon, AFP's director of information. She who welcomed "this expansion of the agreement between Facebook and AFP, the leading news agency on Africa. We are expanding our fact-checking operation in Cameroon, after Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Nigeria, alongside Africa Check, an organization well known for its work in Africa. The initiatives put in place by AFP in the fight against disinformation testify to our expertise and our credibility in this area, at a time when proliferation of false information. It allows us to develop AFP's historical mission, with the work done by our network of journalists to provide its clients with verified information on a daily basis. "

Below the entire Facebook release

Facebook launches its information verification program in Cameroon with AFP

Facebook today announced the launch of its third-party information verification program to help assess the accuracy of information in Cameroon, in English and French. Working with AFP, a reputable news agency integrated into a global network of fact-checking organizations, certified by the independent international fact-finding network, the goal is to reduce the spread of misinformation, while improving quality of information that people find on their platform.

"If one of the people in charge of the verification identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it below in the newsfeed, which will significantly reduce its dissemination," reads in the release released today by Facebook French speaking Africa. "Cameroon is important to us, and we are determined to take action to help fight the spread of false information on our platform. It's a responsibility we take seriously. We know that the Information Verification Agency is not the only solution, but one of the many initiatives we invest in to improve the quality of information that people see on Facebook. By identifying and demoting false news, we are helping to reduce economic incentives and limit their spread, "said Aida Ndiaye, Facebook's public relations officer for Francophone Africa.

Facebook's fact-checking program is based on Facebook's comments, representing one of the many signals used by Facebook to report potentially wrong stories to the verification body for review. Local articles will be checked as well as photos and videos. If one of the people in charge of the verification identifies a story as false, Facebook will show it below in the newsfeed, which will significantly reduce its dissemination.

Aida Ndiaye , Facebook's Public Relations Manager for Francophone Africa, said: "Cameroon is important to us, and we are determined to take action to help fight the spread of false information on our platform. It's a responsibility we take seriously. We know that the Information Verification Agency is not the only solution, but one of the many initiatives we invest in to improve the quality of information that people see on Facebook. By identifying and demoting false news, we help reduce economic incentives and limit their spread. "

When the information verification body examines a new story, Facebook displays it in related articles immediately under the story, in the newsfeed. Facebook page administrators and users will also receive notifications if they try to share a story or share one that has been deemed false, which will allow them to decide for themselves what to read, believe or share.

"We are delighted to partner with AFP to expand our information verification efforts in Cameroon. Disinformation is a widespread problem, but these are important steps to start solving this problem in Cameroon, "said Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Facebook's Strategic Manager for Africa Media Partnerships.

Michèle Léridon, AFP's director of information, welcomed "this expansion of the agreement between Facebook and AFP, the leading news agency on Africa. We are expanding our fact-checking operation in Cameroon, after Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Nigeria, alongside Africa Check, an organization well known for its work in Africa. The initiatives put in place by AFP in the fight against disinformation testify to our expertise and our credibility in this area, at a time when proliferation of false information. It allows us to develop AFP's historical mission, with the work done by our network of journalists to provide its clients with verified information on a daily basis. "