Kenya Elections: Facebook has joined the battle to combat fake news in Kenya

Kenya heads to polls on August 8

Facebook to publish tips in both English and Swahili on how to catch a fake news story days before the East African nation go to polls.

Facebook rolls out the feature at a critical time when fake news has become a central concern in Kenya’s election. Social media networks like Facebook and WhatsApp have become a key conduit of false narratives, with observers saying there’s an attempt to deliberately spread misinformation and propaganda in order to sway public opinion. A recent nationwide survey showed that nine out of 10 Kenyans had heard or seen fake stories, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false news.

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