War against fake news: Facebook gurus in Malawi

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Officials from giant social media platform, Facebook, are in Malawi for a talk with  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and other communication players following the influx of fake news and fake accounts in the country.


Macra Director General Godfrey Itaye said the meeting accords players in Malawi’s communication ecosystem a chance to discuss and learn more about elections integrity, how to deal with fake accounts and false news, privacy, harassment and child online safety.

“We all have a part to play in making sure that this gift of free speech that these emerging technologies are affording us do not become an impediment to our democracy, freedom, privacy and respect as citizens of this country,” said Itaye.

Telecom operators, media institutions, government ministries, departments and agencies and civil society are attending the meeting.

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