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The Week in Fact-Checking: Get ready for International Fact-Checking Day

There’s an International Day of Yoga and a National Grammar Day, so why not an International Fact-Checking Day? The IFCN is promoting a series of activities for April 2. Find out more here. ABC Fact Check is back Last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shut down its Fact Check unit after the government halted funding. Before […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Happy Birthday, here’s a survey

A year ago, Poynter and the American Press Institute combined their respective fact-checking/accountability newsletters to create this newsletter. We want to know how we can improve this year, and we hope you’ll take a moment to answer this quick survey. Thanks for your support. Quote of the week “This problem has nothing to do with freedom […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Figuring out if ‘fake news’ is a real problem

Is it possible that purveyors of misinformation are just a bunch of bogeymen? Yet another study, published this week in Columbia Journalism Review, questions whether the “fake news industry” and its audiences are all that powerful. Powerful enough, for instance, to impact a presidential election. The Northwestern study, which examines fake sites as well as hyperpartisan […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Some alternate ideas on alternative facts

When President Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd that the White House press secretary had presented “alternative facts,” she probably didn’t suspect her formulation would fill headlines around the world (and apparently help sales of “1984”). Beyond guffawing at unfortunate formulations, however, interviewers should come better prepared to hit back at falsehoods with facts. Quote of […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Students get sued; cool tools; and a great GIF

A project conducted by students from the Cologne School of Journalism got into legal trouble for assigning truth rankings to the politicians they fact-checked. The right-wing AfD party pounced on methodological flaws to persuade a court to order the project organizers to retract or correct their work. The legal issues faced by “Faktenzoom” put into sharp focus […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Let’s be scientists

Fact-checkers had a big year in 2016; will 2017 prove as eventful? Our guess is that fact-checking will retrench slightly in the U.S. but grow in other large democracies like Australia, Germany and India. Fact-checkers also might also learn a few things from scientists — like how to be more transparent.  Read all the 2017 […]

German officials are worried that Russia will interfere in their elections this fall and are proposing new measures to combat fake news

Motivated by the fear that Russia will try to intervene in their own elections this fall, German officials are considering new measures to “hunt down and eradicate fake news or other false information from the internet,” including fining Facebook for fake news posts. Political parties in Germany have already been instructed to disable bots that […]

After Breitbart incorrectly reported that a mob set a church in Germany on fire, a local newspaper says its reporting was distorted to create the story

After Breitbart News claimed that a mob chanting “Allahu Akbar” set fire to a church in Dortmund on New Year’s Eve, German news organizations and politicians are warning against a spike in fake news during its election year. Following Breitbart’s report, Dortmund police clarified that no “extraordinary or spectacular” incidents had taken place, but the […]

Fact-checking’s greatest hits, 2016

  It’s just not a new year until you can wrap up the old year with a list. Or several lists. So here’s our list of just some of the fact-checking lists that summarize the highlights and challenges of 2016. The year’s biggest noses. The Washington Post Fact Checker’s list of 10 most popular fact […]

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