Ghana’s independent digital fact-checking organization, GhanaFact is a non-profit social enterprise that seeks to close the palpable market gap for an independent, non-partisan fact-checking organization in Ghana, West Africa.
Fact-checking in a digital era, this platform aims at curbing the spread of disinformation on both traditional and social media.
The news verification platform was established in August 2019 and operates under the umbrella organization FactSpace West Africa.
In a GhanaFact survey of 400 Ghanaians aimed at understanding the ecosystem of distrust and misinformation in Ghana, 69% of respondents indicated that they had encountered misinformation in the last one year. Also, more than 90% said a news verification platform will be very useful to them. But there is currently no full-time fact-checker in Ghana or focused on Ghana.
GhanaFact will seek to target and correct the spread of false or misleading claims or statements on social network and messaging platforms and in public discourse.
Ghana, one of Africa’s politically stable democracies is grappling with how to deal with misinformation online like many other countries around the world. The growing menace is gradually undermining trust in the Ghanaian media and the country’s burgeoning democracy.
GhanaFact aims to help promote accuracy in engagements on social media, rebuild trust in news, journalism/media and help Ghana consolidate its democracy.