NewsMeter is Meta's fact-checking partner in India

The partnership will help connect people to accurate and verified information and enhance Meta’s fact-checking capabilities in regional Indian languages, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Tamil, Meta said in a statement.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  26 July 2022 2:14 PM GMT
NewsMeter is Metas fact-checking partner in India

Hyderabad: NewsMeter will now join Meta's third-party fact-checking programme. On 26 July, Meta, formerly Facebook, announced it is expanding its third-party fact-checking programme in India to include NewsMeter.

The partnership will help connect people to accurate and verified information and enhance Meta's fact-checking capabilities in regional Indian languages, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Tamil, Meta said in a statement.

Manish Chopra, the director and head of partnerships at Meta India, said, "We are committed to combating the spread of misinformation and have built the largest global fact-checking network. The partnership with NewsMeter is an important step in enabling us to curb misinformation in regional Indian languages across Facebook and Instagram."

With this partnership, Meta will have 11 fact-checking partners in India, making it the country with the greatest number of third-party fact-checking partners globally. In addition, Meta has also expanded its Indian language coverage from 11 to 15 through its existing fact-checking partners to include Kashmiri, Bhojpuri, Oriya, and Nepali.

Globally, Meta works with more than 80 fact-checking partners that review and rate content in over 60 languages. All of Meta's fact-checking partners have been certified through the independent, non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network.

Each time a fact-checker rates a piece of content as false, altered, or partly false, Meta reduces its distribution so that fewer people see it. It notifies people who try to share the content – or who previously shared it – that the information was rated by a fact-checker. Meta also adds a warning label that links to the fact-checker's article with more information about the claim.

To help address the industry-wide issue of misinformation online, Meta has also partnered with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to fund a fact-checking news fellowship programme designed exclusively for Indian news organisations.

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