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AFP launches fact-checking program with TikTok

(Paris) Agence France-Presse on Thursday announced the launch of a new fact-checking program with TikTok to address misinformation about the hugely popular video app.

Posted Oct 1, 2020 at 7:17 AM

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The agreement calls on AFP teams to monitor potentially false or misleading content in videos posted to the platform in countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

This verification work enables TikTok to combat disinformation by removing problematic content and informing its users.

"AFP is delighted to leverage its international fact-checking expertise to work with TikTok on this exciting project," said Phil Chetwynd, AFP's Chief Information Officer.

"Reaching new audiences on social media, through evidence-based journalism, is a major editorial priority for AFP."

"And this agreement also allows AFP journalists to better report and track trends in disinformation both on our threads and on our fact-checking site, Continued Mr. Chetwynd.

AFP retains full editorial independence in the choice of content from TikTok to be verified.

"At TikTok, we are actively working to create a safe and supportive environment for our users," said Arjun Narayan, Trust and Director. Security for Asia Pacific at TikTok. “We will continue to keep misleading content and accounts off our platform through our fact-checking program.

Since its inception in 2017, AFP & # 39; s fact-checking service has grown into the world's largest network of journalists dedicated to this mission. AFP now has more than 90 journalists in 38 offices investigating content circulating online in 80 countries and producing in 16 languages, including French, English, Arabic, Burmese and Czech.

AFP is already participating in "Third party fact-checking", a media verification program developed by Facebook, which pays about sixty media worldwide, general or specialized, for using their verifications facts on its platform and on Instagram.

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