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Google News now has a fact-check tag

Now, Google searchers will see see fact-checking articles flagged as such in Google News. Google announced that it would tag fact-checks as such from websites that apply a corresponding label to their code and from “sites that follow the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks.” While Google wouldn’t confirm the full list or number of […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Wikipedia “edit-a-thon”

Wikipedia is a treasure trove of the information age, albeit one with a generous sprinkling of counterfeit loot. Fact-checkers are increasingly cooperating with the Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia) on “edit-a-thons” to make the online encyclopedia stronger. Check out how Lupa did it in Brazil. Quote of the week “We have a particular challenge in American […]

Since firing its human editors, Facebook’s trending news section has repeatedly featured fake news

In the six weeks since Facebook revamped its trending news section to be controlled by an algorithm, the section has repeatedly featured fake news, Caitlin Dewey writes. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 22, The Intersect found five trending stories that were “indisputably fake” and three that were “profoundly inaccurate.” These problems largely stem from Facebook’s […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The gift of GIFs

The team behind Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado is always looking for ways to broaden their audience. This summer, they tried GIFs. “We wanted to expand our readership from the circle who read us already,” says Executive Director Laura Zommer. Find out what they learned from the pilot project. Quote of the week “To be clear, I support […]

API to hold political accountability journalism workshop at Longwood

The American Press Institute, in conjunction with Longwood University, will hold a workshop on political accountability and fact-checking journalism on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. on the Longwood campus in Farmville, Va. Students, journalists and writers from the Farmville region are invited to attend. The event is free, funded through API’s accountability journalism program grant […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Welcome the Potted-Plant-o-Meter

In the sea of commentary over who won the U.S. presidential debate on Monday, it’s almost hard to remember that one question dominated pre-debate commentary: Will the moderator fact-check the candidates? The debates chief said he probably shouldn’t; a majority of Americans thought he should. And you can guess where we stood on the matter. In […]

Finally, fact-checking is the new black

It’s been seven years since PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize. Thirteen years since FactCheck.org launched. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker published its first fact-check in 2007. But it’s taken the 2016 election, and decades of political lies, to move fact-checking into the household-word neighborhood. As manager of the American Press Institute’s accountability and fact-checking program, and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Facts actually are good for you

While the United States is in the midst of a fact-light election featuring two of the most mistrusted candidates in history, there’s a bit of hope. A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims. Quote of the week “…media people have to do something to regain […]

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