Ghana’s independent digital fact-checking project, GhanaFact is a non-profit social enterprise that seeks to close the palpable market gap for an independent, non-partisan fact-checking programme 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.
GhanaFact is a project by FactSpace West Africa, a legally registered non-profit organisation set up for fact-checking and news verification in August 2019.
Lies and Truth – Public Discourse
GhanaFact seeks to target and correct the spread of false or misleading claims or statements on social network and messaging platforms and in public discourse.
In a 2019 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.
Ghana, one of Africa’s politically stable democracies is grappling with how to deal with misinformation online like in 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 safeguard Ghana’s democracy.