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Standard of living Nigeria gathered that a neighborhood alive to by socioeconomic style in Africa has launched an Synthetic Intelligence (AI)-powered truth-checking platform to counter the spread of misinformation and disinformation on the continent.

Speaking on the disclosing of the AI-powered platform, named, ‘MyAIFactChecker’ on Monday in Ilorin, the World Director of a Nigeria-based totally non-income group, Brain Builders Adolescence Pattern Initiative (BBYDI), Abideen Olasupo, said that FactCheck Africa, an initiative of the BBYDI, was as soon as launched in 2022 as an unbiased, non-partisan and non-income truth-checking platform for Africans.

“MyAIFactChecker was as soon as a product of months of devoted effort and research, with toughen from BECERA and the US Pronounce Department, noting that the initiative would revolutionise how Africans confirm recordsdata and other online recordsdata.

“MyAIFactChecker is an illustration of our group’s unwavering dedication to combating the scourge of misinformation, disinformation, and counterfeit recordsdata, thereby safeguarding the integrity of recordsdata. This platform leverages cutting-edge AI know-how, is user-pleasant, and capacity that you simply can confirm the authenticity of recordsdata, social media posts, and other online order material mercurial and very simply.”

Olasupo also said that the revolutionary platform would supply customers with a range of functionalities, including a chatbot interface, feedback mechanism, and negate search functionality that’s accessible in English, Swahili, French, Arabic, and quite so much of different standard local languages in Nigeria.

Based on him, the initiate of MyAIFactChecker comes at a fundamental time, as the proliferation of disinformation and unhealthy order material continues to pose fundamental threats to the integrity of elections, democracy, public health, and balance in African international locations.

The BBDYI world director, who said the influence of counterfeit recordsdata and disinformation on elections would possibly maybe perchance perchance no longer be waved, expressed optimism that his organisation’s newly offered AI truth-checking would again fight the spread of disinformation in African international locations preparing to relieve elections this yr.

“It is phenomenal to uncover that 2024 is a yr of elections in Africa as about 24 international locations on the continent will relieve elections this yr.

For the length of electioneering periods, there is at all times a proliferation of counterfeit recordsdata, and its attendant penalties would possibly maybe perchance well negatively influence the electoral job.

With the initiate of MyAIFactChecker, we are poised to curb the spread of misinformation and disinformation sooner than, one day of, and after elections in these affected international locations.

“We judge that access to swish recordsdata is a classic excellent, and we are devoted to empowering participants with the instruments to discern truth from falsehood on this digital age. We can proceed to promote media literacy and serious thinking across Africa,” he said.

Olasupo, who said that he attended the 2024 United Countries ECOSOC Adolescence Forum held in Novel York final week, added that he spoke on ‘The ethical exhaust of AI and its implications for education in Africa’, asserting that his organisation would proceed to push for policies spherical the ethical exhaust of AI in Nigeria and Africa as a complete to maximise its advantages and mitigate its dangers.

He lauded Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Financial system, Bosun Tijani, for spearheading the initiative to narrate a comprehensive Synthetic Intelligence Draw for the nation, stressing that such endeavour was as soon as fundamental in positioning Nigeria to effectively leverage AI for nationwide style.

“In recognition of the big doable of AI in addressing societal challenges, BBYDI will proceed to recommend for policies and ethical frameworks to recordsdata the deployment of AI technologies across Africa. It is imperative that we harness the vitality of AI for the collective just of our society,” he celebrated.

Earlier in his address, the Head of Programmes at FactCheck Africa, Habeeb Adisa, said the introduction of the revolutionary AI solution “represents a fundamental style in our proceed to battle the dissemination of counterfeit recordsdata that continues to undermine societal belief and situation off discord among participants.

“Our platform is designed to cater for a various linguistic landscape across the continent. Customers can simply enter a brand new ask, and our platform will provide them with an evaluation of the article’s authenticity. This would perchance well even let them know if it’s credible, partly credible, or unreliable.”

He also disclosed that FactCheck Africa had launched a 3-month AI Journalism Fellowship for journalists in West Africa. Based on him, the fellowship is a comprehensive practising programme that will equip selected journalists with the guidelines, abilities, and ethical concerns desired to navigate AI in journalism.

Additionally speaking, the Govt Director of BBYDI, Nura Jimoh, said that the disclosing of MyAIFactChecker reinforced the dedication of their organisation to leverage tech solutions and digital instruments to address societal challenges.

She recalled that BBYDI final yr, in collaboration with Christian Aid, organised the first CivicTech Hackathon in Nigeria to address voter apathy and again increased voters’ participation within the electoral job.

“We also launched evit.ng to trace and checklist violence pre and post-election. We also unveiled conflictreport.org to curb the farmer-herders disaster within the northern half of the nation.

“Additionally, we offered KnowCovid19NG with toughen from the US Embassy to flatten the curve and provide psychosocial toughen one day of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two years sooner than the 2023 general elections, we launched Yvotenaija.org to promote civic education across grassroots communities and on assorted social media platforms,” Jimoh remarked.


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