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Facebook expanding fact-checking in India before election

CNBC International 2019-02-11 14:15:11
David Paul Morris |Bloomberg | Getty Images Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, speaks as Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, listens during a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook Inc said on Monday it is expanding its fact-checking network in India ahead of the country's general election due by May, taking another step to quell the spread of misinformation in its biggest market by users.

Facebook has added five new partners including the India Today Group, a leading local media house, to its fact-checker network taking the total number of such partners to seven, Menlo Park, California-based Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook Inc last week said it is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country's general election.