Facebook and Teyit are expanding their fact-checking partnership to Azerbaijan, following Turkey

International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) certified Teyit will review news stories in Azerbaijani on Facebook, check their facts, and rate their accuracy

Facebook and Teyit announced today that they have extended their fact-checking partnership, aimed at helping prevent the spread of fake news on Facebook platforms and provide people with more information on the news they read, to Azerbaijan.

From now on, International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) certified Teyit will review news stories in Azerbaijani on Facebook, check their facts, and rate their accuracy. The move came right before the coronavirus pandemic, which accelerated Teyit.org’s work in Azerbaijan as the spread of misinformation on social media increased.

How does Facebook’s third-party fact-checking system work?

  • Detecting fake news: News that can be fake are detected based on certain signs like the reports by Facebook users. Teyit can also detect news that will be reviewed.
  • Content reviewing: Teyit reviews content, checks the information it contains and evaluates their accuracy.
  • Making sure less people see misinformation: When Teyit flags a content as false, this content is downgraded on the News Feed or removed from the Explore tab on Instagram. This way, the number of people who see the news decreases significantly.
  • Taking action against those who consistently share fake news: Pages and web sites that consistently share fake news face some restrictions like a decrease in distribution. Also, their opportunity to make financial gain or give ads may be removed and they may be blocked from registering as a news page.

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