In an effort to limit hate speech and combat fake news in Kenya ahead of national elections in the country, Facebook has launched a tool that seeks to educate users on how to identify stories that are genuine from those that are fake.
The social media site has provided a tool at the top of user news feeds from which users are directed to the Facebook Help Center, where they will be given access to information that will assist them in determining which news articles are fake.
Available in both English and Swahili, the tool and information will be shown to seven million Kenyans who are active on Facebook on a monthly basis, and will be available for the next few days until the election, according to ITNewsAfrica.
In addition to the efforts on the website, Facebook and WhatsApp are placing educational notices in some of Kenya’s national newspapers and adverting on radio stations with 10 tips on how to identify fake news stories.
Kenyans will be heading to the polls on August 8 for elections, and the spread of fake news in recent times has gotten out of control.
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