Alexios Mantzarlis is the director and editor of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute.
The Week in Fact-Checking: Authoritarians, ‘morons’ and ‘household surveys’
Fact-checking is always hard. In some countries, though, it’s potentially dangerous: Journalists not only risk losing their right to publish, they may risk imprisonment. So how are fact-checkers covering politics in authoritarian countries? Writing for Poynter, Daniel Funke examines veteran projects in Iran, Turkey and Zimbabwe – and the prospects for fact-checking in even more […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Under attack, a Trump deepfake and Murphy Brown
Facebook’s fact-checking tool was rolled out in Brazil last week in partnership with Aos Fatos and Agência Lupa. A flood of accusations of “censorship” and “extreme-left bias” followed. More worrying still were personal attacks and heavy insults levelled against fact-checkers on social media. As the IFCN’s Alexios Mantzarlis wrote for Folha on Friday, in Brazil, polarization seems to be […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: The criminalization of misinformation
While actions against the publication of fake news have proceed cautiously in the U.S. — blame the First Amendment — things are moving right along in many parts of the world. Malaysia’s newly elected prime minister is leaning towards keeping a controversial anti-fake news law that passed in early April. The Committee to Protect Journalists asked the Kenyan president not to […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: The real researchers behind fake news
Over the past year, interest in misinformation research has ballooned. In order to highlight some of the people working behind the scenes, Poynter’s Daniel Funke profiled just a few of the researchers whose work has changed Facebook’s fact-checking program, been cited in countless pieces on fake news and is developing solutions for debunking deepfake videos. The article […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: The Facebook saga, jailed for fake news, and a new mission for a Tea Partier
Mark Zuckerberg is out of Congressional hearings — but it was still a busy week for the Facebook CEO. This Wired writer is not impressed by Facebook’s testimony before British MPs. But Zuckerberg has another chance — he’s been summoned. “Fake news” warningsshrink the content on your News Feed. Here’s a look at Facebook’s new “something happened” ad campaign. At F8, the platform’s […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: WeChat, Van Morrison and green moons
The problem with WeChat The influence of misinformation among Chinese-speaking immigrants in the United States offers important clues for how fake news is constructed and distributed, according to a new paper published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Chi Zhang found that, while many popular web hoaxes in the U.S. deal with jobs, the economy and […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Facebook is helping more fact-checkers in more places, but is it enough?
In the past month, Facebook has doubled the number of countries using its fact-checking tool. The program, arguably Facebook’s most visible effort to combat fake news on the platform, is now active in India, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and Colombia. Previously, it was only available to fact-checkers in the United States and four European countries. While fact-checkers […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Zuckerberg testifies; kids fight fakery; faux fact-checking reappears
This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of U.S. congressional committees over the course of two days. While the testimony, prompted by Facebook’s recent scandal involving data firm Cambridge Analytica, was mostly focused on user privacy, it shed a little light on how Zuckerberg views the platform’s misinformation problem — as well as how ill-informed Congress is about how Facebook […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Share fake news, go to jail?
The Malaysian government raised eyebrows this week when both houses passed a bill outlawing fake news, punishable by up to six years in prison for both its publication and sharing. Online service providers would be responsible for third-party content, foreign news outlets reporting on Malaysia could be affected and anyone could lodge a complaint against an alleged purveyor of misinformation. But […]
The Week in Fact-Checking: Who’s ready for the day after April Fool’s Day?
To raise awareness of fact–checking, the world will mark International Fact-Checking Day, held each year on April 2 — the day after April Fool’s Day. This week, the International Fact–Checking Network launched Factcheckingday.com, a resource for citizens, readers and educators seeking to examine the validity of information, especially online. International Fact–Checking Day is a rallying cry for more facts in politics, journalism and […]