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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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What does the future of automated fact-checking look like?

DURHAM, N.C. — There’s nothing new about trying to correct the record in real time. Even a couple of decades ago, campaign aides would walk through the press sections at debates, circulating freshly printed pages that sought to debunk claims the opposing candidate had just made. That approach, even if it represented an attempt by campaigns to spin the facts in … Read More
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Fact-checking 2.0: Teaching computers how to spot lies

DURHAM, N.C. — Lots of things can be done faster using computers. Fact-checking is becoming one of them. Fully automated fact-checking is a long way off, if it will ever happen. But computational tools should increasingly help journalists check the veracity of claims made by politicians and other public figures. "It's a bit like having a sous chef cut things into … Read More
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Fact-checking matters — here are 6 metrics to help prove it

Jeb Bush (remember him?) revised a factual claim in a speech in order not to "get PolitiFacted." Gabriela Michetti, then a vice presidential candidate in Argentina, responded to a fact check by saying "I saw that on Chequeado. Which is why we corrected ourselves and never repeated it." Luigi Di Maio, vice president of Italy's Chamber … Read More
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Moving fact-checking from the Web to TV is important but tough

At Chequeado, Argentina's foremost fact-checking website, we have wanted to bring our work to TV for a long time. A really long time. We know that we need to go beyond our website, which is why we established regular columns on different radio stations, La Nación (a national newspaper) and Yahoo News. But we've had a very hard … Read More
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Do we really want our facts to be 'Uber' or 'OMG?'

At the moment of writing, @UberFacts has 13.3 million followers on Twitter. Fun fact: If all of its followers were real-life people, then @UberFacts' following would be quite a bit larger than the population of Greece. Now, lets try that again as if it were an "Uber Fact": If @UberFacts were a country, it would be larger than Greece. The difference between the two … Read More
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Is the age of facts over?

The 2016 campaign is leading many to wonder whether we are in a post-fact age. Jill Lepore explores the question through a review of a book by University of Connecticut philosopher Michael Lynch.

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Will facts be victors or victims in the UK's EU referendum campaign?

In 99 days, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether their country should remain in the European Union or leave the club. "Brexit" would be momentous for British politics; it could lead to a new referendum for Scottish independence and would undoubtedly push the EU further into crisis. The campaign has already heated up: The Sun recently … Read More
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How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer

Finding and choosing claims to fact-check can be tricky. Not everything a politician, government official or media organization says can be checked. But here are some ways to identify statements in the vast information ecosystem that you can fact-check. A fact-checkable statement: Has been obtained from a reliable source (with video or articles that you can link to, Twitter or … Read More
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Googling is believing: Trumping the informed citizen

Philosopher Michael P. Lynch writes "the Internet is both the world’s best fact-checker and the world’s best bias confirmer — often at the same time" - and wonders what it means for an informed citizenry.

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Univision launches first U.S. fact-checking project en Español

Nineteen (!) debates into this primary season, we have yet to see a truly effective effort by the hosting networks to fact-check the candidates live on air. Notable moments in this long slog included Becky Quick's apology to Trump for being correct about his characterization of Rubio as "Zuckerberg's personal Senator," John Dickerson being booed by … Read More
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Facts and fact checks about women's rights from around the world

To celebrate International Women's Day, here's a look at what fact-checkers around the world have published over the past year on the topic of women's rights. Aos Fatos in Brazil looked at President Dilma Rousseff's promises on the "Casa da Mulher" program, essentially safe homes for women seeking refuge from violence, advice on reproductive health and other counseling. Read More
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Embedded in Buenos Aires: what a British fact-checker learned from visiting Argentina

As the president of Argentina took to the podium to speak to Congress on March 1, local fact-checkers Chequeado were biting their nails. In December, when he spoke after being sworn into power, Mauricio Macri only made one checkable claim — a big change from outgoing president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, whose speeches went on for hours and were packed … Read More
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5 tips for fact-checking claims about health

"You can be 100 percent factually correct and still be almost useless to your readers." Gary Schwitzer's second sentence in our phone conversation was not exactly a ringing endorsement for fact-checking. In reality, it shows a challenge fact-checkers face daily. Claims made by elected officials or media types can be accurate but mislead through omission or a lack of context. Read More
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Hoaxmap is collecting debunked rumors about refugees

Earlier this year, a group of refugees showed up in a supermarket in Groß-Gerau, a southwestern German district not too far from Frankfurt. They filled up their shopping cart and said they wouldn't be paying for anything, informing a surprised cashier that Angela Merkel, the country's chancellor, would be picking up the tab. Following a standoff, the mayor of the town showed up and paid … Read More
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Can existing APIs help automate fact-checking?

In a post for Nordic APIs Kirsty Moreland and Bill Doerrfeld break down the fact-checking process and pair the steps with existing APIs that could help automate them.

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