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South Sudan gains entry into global fact-checking platform

The country’s only independent fact-checking platform, the 211 Check has gained entry into the list of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

The management of 211 Check announced the news in a statement on Monday, after it was accepted as a Verified Signatory to IFCN Code of Principles.

“211 Check is excited to announce that it has been accepted as a Verified Signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN) Code of Principles,” it said.

IFCN is global fact-checking platform which was launched in 2015.

It brings together the growing community of fact-checkers worldwide and advocates of factual information in the global fight against misinformation.

IFCN promotes the excellence of fact-checking in more than 100 organizations worldwide through advocacy, training and global events.

The 211 Check, a fact-checker attributed the recognition to its dedication in countering misinformation and disinformation in the country.

“We express our sincere appreciation to Africa Check and Pesa Check for building the capacity of our team, which has contributed significantly to our efforts towards combating dis/misinformation,” it said.

“Their support has been invaluable in enabling us to improve our fact-checking skills and enhance the quality of the information we provide to our audience,” it added.

It said the entrance into the global list is instrumental in enabling them to expand the scope of their work to reach a wider audience.

“As a Verified Signatory, we will have access to several privileges that will help us connect globally with other Verified Signatories and further elevate the field of fact-checking,” it said.

“We are committed to upholding the highest standards of fact-checking, and we will continue to work towards promoting transparency and combating dis/misinformation.”

The platform – South Sudan’s first fact-checking initiative – was launched in 2020 to primarily combat disinformation linked to the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus pandemic and has since expanded its scope of work to counter hate and falsehood on social media in the war-torn country.

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