Fighting Fake News on CoronaVirus – BBC Newsday interview
Listen to the BBC interview with our Director of Programs, Nelson Kwaje on Fighting Fake News on Coronavirus
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, an outbreak of false information is spreading online. Whether it’s via WhatsApp messages or rogue Facebook posts, fake news always has a way of reaching people. Keeping track of what’s real and what’s fake isn’t always easy. Nelson Kwaje is from South Sudan and he’s the Director of Programmes at #DefyHateNow. His workshops bring together a digital community of youths to fight misinformation and raise awareness on coronavirus prevention and protection.
He talks about 211CHECK, a fact-checking and information verification platform by #defyhatenow (www.211check.org ) and a community that consist of people from various disciplines working on providing accurate information. 211CHECK works on countering misinformation and disinformation in South Sudan; the recent #COVID19SS campaign focuses on providing awareness on the COVID-19 virus in South Sudan and preventing the spread of misinformation related to COVID-19.
(Photo: Nelson Kwaje during a workshop in South Sudan; Credit: George Hakim/#DefyHateNow)