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14:10  11 february  2019
14:10  11 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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expanding third-party fact - checking programme in India , as it looks to combat the spread of " fake news " on its platform ahead of general elections in 2019. Facebook News Partnership Head ( India ) Manish Khanduri explained that AFP has been certified through the Poynter Institute 's non-partisan

Facebook has also expanded its fact - checking initiatives in India , partnering up with the news agency AFP in November. It had first launched its India -based fact - checking initiative by partnering with Mumbai-based fact - checking organisation BoomLive. This initiative received some critical attention

Facebook expanding fact-checking in India before election © Reuters/Dado Ruvic FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it is expanding its fact-checking network in India ahead of the country's general election due by May, taking another step to quell the spread of misinformation in its biggest market by users.

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Facebook has added five new partners including the India Today Group, a leading local media house, to its fact-checker network taking the total number of such partners to seven, Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook Inc last week said it is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country's general election.

(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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