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Facebook steps up fact-checking in India before election

Facebook has secured five new partnerships in India to widen its fact-checking program ahead of the country's general election due by May. Facebook also announced that the new partnerships would expand its fact-checking capability to three new languages, allowing it to monitor news in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi. "We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season. And one way to do that is by growing our partnership with third-party fact-checkers," Manish Khanduri, news partnership head at Facebook India said in a press release Monday. "We know this is going to be a long-term commitment for us because the tactics used by bad actors are always changing. So we're trying to take action in the short-term but also invest in partnerships, tools and technology we'll need to stay ahead of new types of false news as well."

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