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Fact-Checking

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Knight Foundation awards $1 million to projects aimed at fighting misinformation

A mobile game that tracks falsehoods, a tool that busts lie-spewing internet bots and projects aimed at increasing the reach of fact checks are among the winners of a $1 million challenge from The Knight Prototype Fund aimed at improving the flow of accurate information. The 20 ideas, which are eligible for $50,000 each, come from universities, news organizations and … Read More
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A new fact-checking coalition is launching in Japan

Unlike in neighboring South Korea, where "fact check" has become a widely recognized buzzword, in Japan the word calls to mind something foreign. Claims by public figures and in news reports often go unchecked across the country. A group of academics, journalists and nonprofit organizations wants to change that. A new network, launched today in Tokyo and dubbed " … Read More
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What's behind South Korea's fact-checking boom? Tense politics, and the decline of investigative journalism

“Fact-checking” is now one of the biggest buzzwords in South Korean journalism. Google Trends shows that searches for “팩트체크(fact check)” in Korea surged during the 2017 presidential election campaign. Almost all major Korean newspapers and broadcasters, and even some non-media groups, launched fact-checking initiatives around this time. In March 2017, Seoul National University introduced its joint fact-checking project “ … Read More
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Here's what you should consider before using a fact-check rating system

One of the hallmarks of fact-checking is to demonstrate whether a claim has been corroborated by facts. Many fact-checking organizations use a rating system when they offer a verdict for a claim they have researched, according to a survey by the Duke Reporters' Lab. Here are some pros and cons to implementing a rating system, such as the Pinocchio scale … Read More
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Conservative websites are far more likely to attack fact-checkers than their liberal counterparts

During the 2016 presidential election, popular conservative websites were far more likely to criticize fact-checking organizations than their liberal counterparts, according to a new analysis of 10 U.S. partisan publications. The analysis, conducted by the Duke Reporters' Lab, logged 792 statements mentioning fact-checkers and categorized them as positive, negative or neutral. While a majority of citations (68 percent) … Read More
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These fake ‘fact-checkers’ are peddling lies about genocide and censorship in Turkey

The Turkish government’s dominance over TV and print media — and its intimidation of critical journalists with arbitrary detentions and trials — is well known. Less known is a sweeping campaign of misinformation orchestrated by bogus fact-checking groups with ties to the government that propagate explosive claims: The Armenian genocide is a lie; the government didn’t try to … Read More
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Repetition boosts lies — but could help fact-checkers, too

You can't remember all the things you know all of the time, so you rely on some mental shortcuts to get on with life. For instance: You are likelier to think something is true if you've encountered it more often. This phenomenon is known as the "familiarity effect" or "fluency heuristic" and has been documented by a relatively ample body … Read More
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Can fact-checkers agree on what is true? New study doesn't point to the answer

False. Pants on Fire. Three Pinocchios. Ratings are often the most popular and the most controversial part of fact checks. Readers enjoy their clarity. Search engines benefit from the structure they provide. And, because they can provoke irate reactions, ratings force reporters to build the strongest possible case for their conclusions. A majority of fact-checkers use ratings, according to … Read More
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Trendolizer wants to be the Tweetdeck for fake news

Fake news stories are often extremely easy to debunk. Fact-checking "Pope Francis endorses Donald Trump" required little more than an analysis of papal interviews and an email to the Vatican press office. Some fakers don't even bother writing up an article to back up their hoax headlines. Yet by the time fact-checkers arrive on the scene of a … Read More
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'On The Media's' Brooke Gladstone on 'The Trouble with Reality'

Brooke Gladstone doesn't like the term "post-fact." But she doesn't think facts are doing great, either. Her new book — "The Trouble with Reality," available May 16 — is a brief work targeted at those unsettled by President Trump's attack on facts. True to form, the co-host of WNYC's "On The Media" doesn't deliver a monologue but a pacey … Read More
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The week in fact-checking: President Trump's first 100 days, fact-checking French elections and CNN's political ad conundrum

The Week in Fact-Checking is a newsletter from the American Press Institute and Poynter. Want it in your inbox every week? Subscribe here. In 2016, U.S. fact-checkers drew record traffic — but the Pants-on-Fire candidate still became the Pants-on-Fire president. This complicated reality could have led to big changes to the ways fact-checking is conducted in America. Yet the … Read More
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French and American voters seem to respond in a similar way to fact-checking

An unequivocally positive side-effect of all the "fake news" headlines has been a growing interest among social scientists to research the impact of fact-checking. In one of the most recent studies (here in English), economists at the Paris School of Economics and Sciences Po found that providing factual information on immigration improved French voters' understanding but didn't reduce their … Read More
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New report on fake news recommends fighting it with more conservatives, greater collaboration and better access to data

Outreach to conservatives, increased collaboration between journalists and academics and more data from major social media companies could help fight the tide of fake news, according to a report released Monday by the the Harvard Kennedy School and Northeastern University. The premise of the first recommendation — involving more conservative voices and institutions like the Cato and Koch Institutes … Read More
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How has political fact-checking changed after Trump's first 100 days? Not much.

For fact-checkers, 2016 never really ended. Last year, fact-checking websites drew record traffic. Polls found majorities in favor of more fact-checking. Many mainstream media organizations shed their reluctance to call out falsehoods within everyday reporting. Studies found that fact-checking can work, despite the "post-fact" doomsayers. Yet that same year, the Pants-on-Fire candidate became the … Read More
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The week in fact-checking: How a satirical post became fake news

The Week in Fact-Checking is a newsletter from the American Press Institute and Poynter. Want it in your inbox every week? Subscribe here. On Le Monde, Adrien Sénecat has an excellent deconstruction of how satire and hyperpartisan truth-twisting can result in real misperceptions. Step 1: A satirical site writes that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, caricatured as out-of-touch, … Read More
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