THIP Media, a part of The Healthy Indian Project and fact-checking platform Newschecker, announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to tackle the spread of health-related misinformation and debunk common perceptions around healthcare in regional languages in India and South Asia.
Both teams will collaborate to identify and fact-check health myths and misinformation prevalent on social media together. The companies confirmed that they will translate their joint fact-checks into multiple Indian languages to proactively inform a larger set of audiences to break the chain.
Speaking on the collaboration, Neelam Singh, Editor of THIP Media mentioned, “At THIP, our aim is to educate Indians with the right health information and save them from misinformation. We are happy to partner with Newschecker. Newschecker’s reach among the masses through multiple Indian languages is envious. We believe health fact checks will be able to reach out to a larger set of audience through this partnership. This will empower people to be aware of facts even before a particular misinformation gets viral in their language.”
Ruby Dhingra, Managing Editor & Head, Newschecker commented, “THIP has built a niche for themselves and has a strong team of medical professionals and researchers passionate about fact-checking. We are excited about this collaboration as it provides an opportunity to combine the best that both platforms offer, to reach a common goal – to provide access to accurate information that affects lives. I believe it shows the way forward for organisations like ours, to tackle the monster that is misinformation by providing a workable model, a precedent, on which future collaborations between organizations can be built”.