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Fact-Checking

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Mozilla wants to matter more in the fight against misinformation

Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the Firefox browser, announced today a new program to combat online misinformation. The Mozilla Information Trust Initiative is a four-pronged effort concentrating on new products, internet literacy, research and loosely defined "creative interventions." Mozilla will not disclose how much funding it has assigned to the initiative as a whole, even as it hopes other … Read More
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Snopes won the first round in the battle for its site. Round two begins today.

Today in a San Diego courtroom, the battle for Snopes will be set in motion — and it should be an interesting showdown. In the first hearing of a multi-part lawsuit, Snopes and a digital services company will present their pre-trial arguments before a judge in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County. On one … Read More
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Is Russia Today a legitimate fact-checker? We did the math.

The number of fact-checking projects around the world is growing, but not every effort has been universally welcomed. This was the case with Russia Today’s FakeCheck project, launched in mid-March and met with sarcasm by some in the West. Russia Today itself has been accused of spreading misinformation, a position the outlet vigorously denies. RT’s fact-checking … Read More
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Snopes met its $500K fundraising goal. Now what?

In one day, Snopes received more than $500,000 worth of donations from nearly 20,000 people on GoFundMe in order to keep its doors open. "Stunned and humbled by this. The money is incredibly helpful. The support is priceless," Managing Editor Brooke Binkowski wrote in a tweet Tuesday. "We won't forget. Thank you." The fundraising move was part of the debunking … Read More
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Snopes turns to readers to avoid shutting down: 'we need your help'

Editor's note: This article has been updated with information from Snopes' GoFundMe page, comments from Snopes founder David Mikkelson and Karl Kronenberger, Proper Media's attorney. It seems that the ongoing legal battle between Snopes and one of its former contractors is beginning to take a toll. The popular debunking site published a plea to its readers Monday requesting they donate … Read More
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Apply for the 2017 International Fact-Checking Network fellowships

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is accepting applications for its annual fellowship program. The two fellowships, worth $2,500 each, are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country to be exposed to best practices they wish to adopt. The inaugural fellows worked on automation and fact-checking on television. Read More
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Most Kenyans have seen fake news, according to a new report

Almost nine out of ten Kenyan voters believe they have seen fake news about the upcoming election, according to a new report. The survey — conducted by Portland, a consultant, in partnership with GeoPoll, a mobile polling company — polled a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Kenyans by text message. Eighty seven percent of respondents claimed they saw "information … Read More
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How can fact-checkers earn readers’ trust — and keep it?

Although journalism has always been an exercise in gaining readers’ trust, the last year has been a particularly tough one for members of the news media. It was no surprise, then, that trust and transparency were major topics of discussion at Global Fact 4, the annual summit of fact-checkers around the world that took place July 5-7 in Madrid, Spain. Read More
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European policy-makers are not done with Facebook, Google and fake news just yet

ROME — The U.S. and its political context have loomed large over the interventions made by Facebook and Google to combat fake news. Even though the companies are household names all over the world, it was fallback from the revelation that top false stories outperformed real stories ahead of the American election that ultimately moved Facebook to deploy … Read More
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Is collaboration the new frontier of fact-checking? 3 journalists share their experiences

Sometimes it takes a village to find the truth — or at least a handful of fact-checking news partners. Even though journalism is a competitive business, members of the fact-checking community have long reaped the benefits of collaboration — from PolitiFact’s formal network of state news affiliates in the United States to informal "factcheckathons" focused on … Read More
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These are the new fact-checkers at Global Fact 4

Almost every journalist who does fact-checking tries to answer the same question: true or false? But one of the many new fact-checkers attending the Global Fact 4 summit in Madrid finds itself grappling with even larger questions. “The SNU FactCheck Center shows the many aspects of truth,” said EunRyung Chong, director … Read More
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What can fact-checkers learn from Wikipedia? We asked the boss of its nonprofit owner

Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has often been treated by news organizations like the black sheep of the information business. For years, the site has drawn criticism for its crowdsourced content, with pages being written and edited by anyone in the world. But as trust in the media wanes and news organizations struggle to engage with readers, Wikipedia has … Read More
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Fact-checking has never been this important. Come define its future

In the fall of 2015, I joined Poynter to run the newly launched International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). While I had high expectations for the new gig, I could not predict that in the following years fact-checking would become a crucial element of the conversation on the future of journalism worldwide. The IFCN has played a central role in this … Read More
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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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