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The Week in Fact-Checking: We have principles

Thirty-five fact-checking organizations from 27 countries have signed a new code of principles that emphasizes the importance of transparency and a non-partisan approach. Read the announcement and the code of principles.

Quote of the week
“If journalists aren’t interested in being part of the truth squad, they should find another sport.” —  Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan

The debate about the debate
Should political debate moderators be fact-checkers? Much has been written on this over the past several days, creating a blogger horserace on the topic. See who’s ahead: We’ve collected the best/most interesting/most exasperating thoughts right here.

From Russia with lies
Just how did those Kremlin propagandists get so good at taking over Twitter with fake news stories? The Daily Beast investigates and warns that social media’s lack of fact-checking could impact the U.S. elections.

Flip-flops are in season in Rio and São Paulo
Here’s a fun round-up by Aos Fatos that looks at whether mayoral candidates in Brazil’s two largest cities stuck to their manifesto positions or have changed their views during the campaign.

Is 2016 the year of the fact check?
Facts are stubborn. So are fact-checkers. In an election season that should go down in history as “fact-checking’s finest year,” fact-checkers are going to need every bit of that perseverance, Wired magazine says.

Debunking on the streets of Paris
France Info’s Julien Pain showed passersby a fake headline about immigrants allegedly on a rampage in Sardinia, then unveiled the hoax. Some preferred the fake version.

“Post-truth” now at a newsstand near you
The Economist dedicated its cover and a special briefing to the “post truth” trope last week. If you really want to go down that path, though, a historical perspective is probably a better bet. FWIW Economist readers were on fact-checkers’ side.

The Nerdwriter takes on the facts
There’s no reason for fact-bending candidates to get a pass on live TV. Here’s the Nerdwriter’s latest video on how to fix that:


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Another week, another fake Facebook trend
Fake news stories were “trending” again on Facebook, this time about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ICYMI, a few steps Facebook could take to deal with the situation. (First, hire fact-checkers).

Quick fact-checking links
(1) A look at Rouhani’s track record on the Rouhani Meter, three years into his administration. (2)’s deep dive fact check on the HPV vaccine. (3) Next week at Westminster University: “Facts and Lies about Africa.” (4) First Draft News has added more firepower to fight misinformation. (5) Africa Check is looking for a Nigeria editor; deadline for applications is Sept. 22. (6) Chequeado is a finalist in the WAN-IFRA Digital Media Awards for Latin America. (7) How do politicians misuse science? Listen to the Inquiring Minds podcast with former SciCheck-er Dave Levitan. (8) Have you registered for our free course on fact-checking? Here’s a preview.

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