Ahead of polls, Facebook ropes in 5 new fact-checking partners

The social media giant's programme is meant to curb the spread of fake news on its platform

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In the run-up to the general election in the country, Facebook has added five new partners to its third-party fact-checking programme, according to media reports. The social media giant runs the programme to curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

These new partners are India Today Group, Vishvas.news, Factly, Newsmobile and Fact Crescendo. They will review stories on Facebook. BOOM Live and AFP were Facebook’s existing partners

With the addition of new partners, Facebook has also expanded the programme to three languages. The partners will now do fact checking in six languages-- English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.

After fact-checking, if a story is rated false, the social network shows it lower in news feed, thus reducing its distribution.

Manish Khanduri, News Partnership Head, Facebook India, reportedly said in a statement, "We are excited to announce new partners including some leading traditional media to our fact checking programme in India. We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 general election campaign season." 

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