Gambia’s independent digital fact-checking project, FactSpace Gambia is a non-profit social enterprise working to tackle the weaponisation of misinformation and propaganda. Fact-checking in a digital era, this platform aims at curbing the spread of disinformation on both traditional and social media.
A project by FactSpace West Africa, we subscribe to the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles and if you believe that we are in breach of these principles you can lodge a complaint.
Lies and Truth – Public Discourse
The Gambia’s democratic elections of 2016 produced a peaceful transfer of power through civil discourse and political participation, after former President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year dictatorship which was dominated by widespread abuses.
The change of government has led to media pluralism and triggered increased citizen participation in discussions on traditional and social media.
These changes in the media landscape have afforded opportunities for the youth, who are at the forefront of information, media, and technology appropriation, to share all forms of information from personal thoughts, civic engagement, expert opinion to curated content.
However, this is also leading to the spread of misinformation and disinformation on social and traditional media with the potential to be used to cause chaos and undermine The Gambia’s stability.