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False COVID-19 News

African governments are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms. The regulations on the lockdown in South Africa has criminalized false news. So far 29 complaints have been received and 9 are being investigated. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have barred users from posting harmful information about COVID-19 on its platforms. For example, Facebook is working with third-party fact-checkers in 15 sub-Saharan African countries to identify and remove such posts from Facebook.

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Alastair Tempest

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