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Fact-Checking

Poynter is the home of the International Fact-Checking Network. This section collects all our fact-checking articles.

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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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You can now tell Google that Obama was not the 8th Black U.S. president

Late last year, Google tweaked its search algorithm to fix a pesky problem: Users who asked the search engine whether the Holocaust occurred were served a post from the White supremacist site Stormfront denying its existence as a top result. Similar problems occasionally arise with Google's featured "snippets," the prominently displayed boxes that highlight highly-cited answers from around the … Read More
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Fact-checking booms in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — The news of Maria Eduarda Alves da Conceição’s death dominated headlines in this city that has become painfully familiar with extreme levels of violence. The 13-year old was killed in a schoolyard last month when a gunfight erupted outside between the police and gang members. As authorities scrambled to investigate who had fired the fatal shots, … Read More
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A French journalist is bringing fact checks to millions using Facebook Live and his own two feet

Julien Pain was tired of preaching to the choir. After spending several years debunking viral fakes for France 24's Les Observateurs, Pain was on the lookout for a format that would expand the reach of his fact-checking. "I realized I was only reaching people who agreed with me," says Pain. "And people who didn't check their information wouldn't be … Read More
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When Trump talks about ‘fake news,’ he probably means Russia coverage

President Donald Trump offers a consistently defiant response to allegations about the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 campaign: “fake news.” The Reporters' Lab at Duke University’s Sanford School for Public Policy catalogued 111 Trump statements about “fake news” over the five months following his election. That meant scouring tweets, speeches, interviews and press conferences, and then classifying … Read More
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Facebook's Mosseri on 'false' news: declining, hard to measure and bad for business

When Facebook was pilloried for allowing fake news to flourish last November, founder Mark Zuckerberg reacted dismissively: "Of all the content on Facebook," he wrote, "more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes." Five months later — and with the topic still widely debated — the company … Read More
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Google is now highlighting fact checks in search

Google rolled out a new feature Friday morning that will help fact checks stand out in search results. Rendering courtesy Google - not an actual search result. If a search query returns a result that includes a fact check, it will be featured as a snippet on the result page (see right). The snippet will always include who said the … Read More
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Is it time to completely rethink fact-checking?

The basic format of political fact-checking is identical the world over: Start from a widely circulated claim by a public figure, then rate the truthfulness of its objectively verifiable components. Tom Rosenstiel, executive director at the American Press Institute, thinks it may be time to rethink this model. Local newsrooms especially, he suggests, should make “the key unit of fact-checking … Read More
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This Sunday, celebrate International Fact-Checking Day

On April 2 — not coincidentally the day after April Fools' Day — we’ll celebrate the inaugural International Fact-Checking Day. The initiative is a collaboration by fact-checkers and journalism organizations from around the world, with a goal to enlist the public in the fight against misinformation in all its forms. On the website of the initiative, you … Read More
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