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Collaborative newsroom effort by two Indian fact checking platforms THIP Media and Newschecker to tackle health misinformation in multiple languages

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Collaborative newsroom effort by two Indian fact checking platforms THIP Media and Newschecker to tackle health misinformation in multiple languages

September 09
00:09 2022

New Delhi – September 8, 2022 – To tackle health misinformation in multiple Indian regional languages, two of the country’s premium fact checking platforms – THIP Media and Newschecker – announced a collaborative newsroom today. Under the collaboration both teams will work together to identify and fact check health misinformation in multiple regional languages in India and South Asia.

Both THIP Media and Newschecker are signatories to the IFCN’s code of principles. The two fact-checking media platforms are also third-party fact-checking partners to Meta (Facebook).

Both teams will collaborate to identify and fact-check health myths and misinformation prevalent on social media together. Because fake news and myths often get translated and distributed to different sets of audiences, the companies confirmed that they will translate their joint fact-checks into multiple Indian languages to proactively inform a larger set of audiences to break the chain.

India currently has 22 official languages and 5 approved medicinal practices. With a low doctor-patient ratio, the health misinformation scenario of the country needs immediate attention. THIP Media, a part of The Healthy Indian Project, is a health information and fact-checking platform. THIP collaborates with doctors and medical professionals to debunk health related misinformation. Newschecker is one of India’s premier fact-checking platforms that debunks misinformation in 12 different languages. Together, the companies believe they will be able to reach out to a larger audience and drive awareness through proactive fact checking.

Speaking on the collaboration, Neelam Singh, Editor of THIP Media mentioned, “At THIP, our aim is to educate Indians with the right health information and save them from misinformation. We are happy to partner with Newschecker. Newschecker’s reach among the masses through multiple Indian languages is envious. We believe health fact checks will be able to reach out to a larger set of audience through this partnership. This will empower people to be aware of facts even before a particular misinformation gets viral in their language.”

Ruby Dhingra, Managing Editor & Head, Newschecker commented, “THIP has built a niche for themselves and has a strong team of medical professionals and researchers passionate about fact-checking. We are excited about this collaboration as it provides an opportunity to combine the best that both platforms offer, to reach a common goal – to provide access to accurate information that affects lives. I believe it shows the way forward for organisations like ours, to tackle the monster that is misinformation by providing a workable model, a precedent, on which future collaborations between organizations can be built”.

For more information contact: Neelam Singh at [email protected] or Ruby Dhingra at [email protected]

Media Contact
Company Name: THIP Media and Newschecker
Contact Person: Neelam Singh/ Ruby Dhingra
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Country: India
Website: https://www.thip.media/

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