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Fact-Checking

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5 tips for headline writers dealing with fact-light tweets

On Sunday night, just as Americans were reaching the end of their Thanksgiving leftovers, their Twitter feeds were clogged with unfounded allegations of voter fraud by the President-elect. tf is even the point of journalism? pic.twitter.com/aqcUKGdEZJ — Christopher Wong (@chrswng) November 27, 2016 As with the aftermath of Trump's Hamilton tweetstorm, political editors … Read More
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Zuckerberg's Facebook post on fake news strategy disappears, then reappears

Update: at 12.45pm U.S. Eastern the post reappeared. The headline and story have been updated to reflect this as well as a subsequent response from Facebook. On November 19th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his Facebook page to outline his company's nascent strategy to combat "fake news." On Tuesday morning, the post stopped appearing on his timeline, and links … Read More
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Facebook referrals are crucial for traffic to hyperpartisan and fake news sites

Facebook is an important source of traffic for virtually all news outlets in the United States. New data, however, indicates that the social network is a far more important channel for some of the largest hyperpartisan and fake news sites in the country. Analytics company Jumpshot tracked Facebook referrals to 20-plus websites between September 11th and November 15th. It … Read More
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Report: Fact-checking in Europe is growing, diverse and fragile

Fact-checking sites have emerged as "a new democratic institution" in many European countries, according to a report published Tuesday by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Since the first regular source of political fact-checking started publishing in Europe in the mid-2000s, fact-checking initiatives have launched across much of the continent, the authors found. Today at least 34 permanent sources of … Read More
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Le Monde wants to build a B.S.-detector

The Republican primaries are heating up. A populist right-winger is jockeying to snatch the presidency from the center-left. Media outlets are devoting additional resources to fact-checking political claims, even as some wonder whether that even matters in a "post-truth" era. France’s presidential campaign — and the related coverage — has clear echoes of its U.S. counterpart. Regardless of how the … Read More
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The dangers of crying wolf with 'post-truth'

On Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted to his 15 million followers that Ford would no longer move a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. He portrayed it as a breakthrough in which he played a decisive role. Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be … Read More
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An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from the world’s fact-checkers

Mr. Zuckerberg — Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: “Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.” We agree. It also cannot be the exclusive responsibility of any one organization. As a network of independent fact-checking organizations set up to promote accuracy in public debate and the … Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg says less than 1 percent of Facebook content is fake news. How does he know?

Facebook is more than 99 percent "authentic," CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a long status update on Saturday night. The precision and assertiveness of his response raise the question: how does he know? His assurances must be based on internal research, but this data is not publicly available. Its assumptions and consequences cannot therefore be properly scrutinized. Zuckerberg's claim … Read More
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Zuckerberg's views on fake news and Trump's election, annotated

Facebook's News Feed has taken fire throughout the presidential election for surfacing fake news stories. Since the election, critics have even suggested that the fakery on Facebook had led to Trump's election. During a q-and-a at the Techonomy conference with David Kirkpatrick, the conference's host and an author of a book on Facebook, Zuckerberg addressed this question specifically. Zuckerberg rebutted the notion … Read More
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Fact-checking under President Trump

Media self-loathing is flooding the internet. Finger-wagging critiques have been directed at many segments of the industry. Poll aggregators failed to properly represent the uncertainty of the result. Cable news polluted the airwaves with uncritical and senseless Trump coverage. Pundits didn't bother to dig beyond the smart take on their Twitter feed. Critics will no doubt soon turn their attention … Read More
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When it comes to fact-checking, why do politicians get all the attention?

Breathe easy: This article is not about the U.S. presidential election. Half of Americans think scientists are divided on the existence of the "Big Bang." (Cosmologists are virtually unanimous that happened.) Among those over 40, about four in 10 think Medicare will pay for their long-term elder care. (It won’t). A survey by research company Ipsos MORI … Read More
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Amid political turmoil, Brazilian fact-checking grows

RIO DE JANEIRO — As 10:30 p.m. approached on a Friday night in Rio, 17 fact-checkers streamed into a pink house in the southern neighborhood of Botafogo. On the second floor, they hovered around the evening TV newscast, waiting for the final poll on the upcoming mayoral election to be released. But the newscast ended without it. They shook their … Read More
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Fact-checking doesn't 'backfire,' new study suggests

In just over four months, at least 50 different journalists or politicians have declared this a "post-truth" era. The central premise of this argument: Voters have become so blinded by partisanship that they reject facts that contradict their own beliefs. To prove this, most analysts have pointed at polling or research that raise legitimate questions about the … Read More
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PolitiFact is getting ready to rate the promises of the new president

In a week's time, Americans will finally elect their 45th President. PolitiFact, however, isn't waiting for Election Day to start work on a new feature that will track the promises of Barack Obama's successor. The Obameter, PolitiFact's current "promise meter," will be retiring at the same time as its namesake. The new meter will build on the lessons … Read More
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