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Facebook enlists AFP as third-party fact-checker to combat fake news in Malaysia

Facebook has announced a third party fact-checking programme partnership with global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) as part of an effort to combat misinformation on its social media platform in Malaysia.

AFP will be tasked with reviewing and rating the accuracy of stories in both English and Bahasa Malaysia on Facebook which include media like photos and videos starting today.

Strategic partner manager of news partnership at Facebook, Alice Budisatrijo, said the new partnership will help to “take care of the distribution of fake news on Facebook”.

When a story or content is rated as false by the third party fact checker, Facebook will act by reducing the distribution of the story on its platform. The company believes it can prevent the spread of apparent fake news by lessening the chances of users catching up on the story through Facebook.

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