COVID-19 FACT CHECK
ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT.
AFAWI Covid-19 Fact Check Project, work against the dangerous spreading of so-called Fake News or False Information, by working together with the reliable and independent fact check organisation Dubawa Ghana.
The spreading of so-called fake news or false information became a huge problem all over the world within the last years. Not only due to growing digitization and globalization, each of us receives a massive flood of information on a daily basis, especially via social media.
Thereby many articles or videos may appear to be true, but often are not, as false information is disguised as reliable news to deliberately misinform or deceive readers.
Usually, these stories are created to either influence people’s views, push a political agenda or cause confusion and can often be a profitable business for online publishers. False information can easily deceive people by looking like trusted websites or using similar names and web addresses to reputable news organisations.
Especially in times of collective global insecurity and fear, the spreading of fake news became even more dangerous. It not only makes people less likely to consume or accept right information, but also in the worst case can affect your health and hinder scientific progress.
Also the Covid-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a massive ‘infodemic’, regarding to the WHO an over-abundance of information, some accurate and some not, that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it the most.
AFAWI is therefore cooperating with Dudawa Ghana and produced a series of videos to speak about the mostly spread fake news in Ghana. With publishing the videos on the AFAWI Social Media pages, we want to be an antithesis to disinformation and create awareness on this problem.
Covid-19 Fact Check is working to create awareness on fake news and misinformation relating to covid-19 and other health related issues in Ghana and beyond.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
Using AFAWI social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to deliver accurate and reliable information to the general public.
Engaging and training main stream media house such as print media, television and radio stations on reporting, detecting fake news sources and websites and providing reliable news.