Ahead of the elections, Facebook is adding a new safety feature to South African pages
- South African Facebook pages will soon display where their managers are located.
- This is to increase transparency and combat fake news in the run-up to the 2019 South African elections.
- Facebook previously admitted that its platform was used to sway public opinion in the US presidential elections.
Facebook - South Africa’s largest social media network - will soon display where the managers of all South African pages are located.
This is in line with the social network’s intention to increase transparency and combat fake news in the run-up to the 2019 South African elections, a Facebook representative told Business Insider South Africa on Wednesday.
In the 2016 US elections - where Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump in a stunning defeat - Facebook admitted that Russian parties used the platform to influence roughly 126 million Americans, from outside the countries.
South African page managers received a notice of the changes on Tuesday morning.
Soon, all users visiting the pages will see additional information such as the primary country locations where pages are being managed from, the note read.
“This may include agencies, advertisers, social media marketers or anyone your Page may work with, regardless of the person's level of activity on the Page.”
Facebook first revealed the changes in a blog post in February when it announced a partnership with fact-checking non-profits, such as Africa Check in South Africa, to highlight and report potentially fake news articles. It launched a fake news reporting function in the country in 2018.
The network said it is working hard to ensure successful elections in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon and Senegal.
Facebook also plans to remove hundreds of fake accounts, providing training to journalists in online safety and make political ads more transparent by removing foreign-funded adverts.
Facebook did not want to confirm when the changes will be implemented in South Africa.
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