Nigerian media organizations are finally making attempts to address the damning issue of fake news Nigeria.

16 Nigerian news organisations have joined forces to launch CrossCheck Nigeria, a new platform for verifying news on the internet.

With the Nigerian general elections holding less than 14 weeks from now, fake news is expected to significantly flood the Nigerian internet.

The new CrossCheck Nigeria collaborative space aims to block this from happening. The platforms works to identify misinformation and exaggerations that present false information to users across multiple platforms.

The platform brings journalists from around 16 organisations to collaborate on verifying the authenticity of news stories and other information floating across the Internet.

Some of Nigeria’s biggest news platforms have already signed up to join the CrossCheck Nigeria platform. They include: Punch, The Sun, Africa Check, The Nation, Guardian Newspapers, Premium Times, Sahara Reporters, Daily Trust, Channels News, Nigerian Tribune, News Agency of Nigeria, the Cable, among many others.

How Will CrossCheck Nigeria Work?
Now this is the most important part. Here’s how the platform works.

CrossCheck uses a host of technology to analyse trends and keywords on issues gaining plenty of attention on the internet. The platform lists CrowdTangle and Tweetdeck as two trend and social media watchers it’s using to identify what information users pay attention to.

Even more interesting, the CrossCheck Nigeria platform is designed to monitor political keywords and how they are used online. Whether its a candidate, a political party, or social issues, the platform uses “independent non-biased methodology” to check their accuracy to ensure readers and other users are not being fed exaggerated stories or outright lies.

Users themselves can also report stories they want verified. The website allows users do this by logging in. Additionally, users can also report stories using social media and by contacting CrossCheck Nigeria’s dedicated Whatsapp number.

The platform will collaboratively investigate every newly discovered trend or story from any source. But stories and information will only be certified as genuine if they are verified by at least four participating news outlets.

Once the story is verified, the platform publishes an article providing further context about the information.

By Dotun Roy is a development driven news website with the overall goal of amplifying, promoting and advocating for positive societal change through Sustainable Development advocacy in line with UN SDGs components such as education, environmental sustainability and Climate Change, Human Rights, health, finance, housing, good governance as well as security in Nigeria and across the world.

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