“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO
To counter fake news, Mr. Ghassan Benchiheb, has created Tahaqaq or verify in Arabic. Tahaqaq is the first digital platform in Morocco to counteract fake news. Its team works diligently and continuously to follow the latest developments. They monitor false information that is circulating on social media platforms. That is, through the use of press releases, statements issued by official institutions, in addition to other digital tools. Thus, taking news that’s broadcasted with a grain of salt until its accuracy, or inaccuracy is proven. And finally, posting the results to different social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, to name a few.
And on the danger of fake news, Mr. Ghassan Benchiheb, founder of Tahaqaq, advises the Moroccan people to remain critical while browsing social media. In order to hinder the spread of false information especially during this crisis. He adds, “Digital platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp aren’t flawless. They aren’t solely filled with scientists and experts who only share accurate information, but rather a handful of people who are likely to share inaccurate news. Hence the importance of checking them first from family, friends, or the internet to avoid any confusion and panic.” Mr. Ghassan Benchiheb also emphasizes the significance of everything that’s being shared and its effects on people’s lives. As, according to him, everything we share, has consequences.