Meta expands its Fact-Checking Program in India

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Expands language coverage from 11 to 15 Indian languages

XX, July 26, 2022: Meta is expanding its third-party fact-checking program in India to include
NewsMeter, a fact checker primarily focused on the southern states in the country. 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.
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. With this partnership, Meta
will have 11 Fact checking partners in India, making it the country with the most 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.
Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, India at Meta 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.”
Each time a fact-checker rates a piece of content as false, altered or partly false, we reduce
its distribution so that fewer people see it. We notify people who try to share the content – or
who previously shared it – that the information was rated by a fact-checker, and we add 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, we’ve also partnered with
the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) to fund a fact-checking news fellowship
program designed exclusively for Indian news organisations.

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