AFP works with TikTok to check Asia Pacific posts

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News agency AFP has partnered mobile video platform TikTok in an expansion of its fact-checking operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

The new TikTok programme will draw on AFP's editorial and fact-checking expertise to review and verify potentially false or misleading videos, allowing moderation teams to remove content and notify users.

The new partnership reinforces AFP's existing work in these countries and will boost production of their reports debunking prominent misinformation circulating online.

AFP global news director Phil Chetwynd says it is "a major editorial priority" for AFP to engage younger audiences on social media through fact-based journalism.

"The deal will also allow AFP journalists to better cover and track misinformation trends on both our wires and our specialist fact-checking site"

Since its launch in 2017, AFP's digital investigation unit has grown to more than 90 journalists checking online content and covering 80 countries in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Polish, Catalan, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Thai, Slovak, Czech, Dutch, Burmese, Serbian and German.

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