Fact-Checking Research Database

We collect (and briefly explain) major studies on fact-checking, fake news and misinformation

Recent Research

Research Study

Antecedents of bullshitting

John V.Petrocelli
Our Summary

Bullshitting is socially constructed

In this study, the author aims to figure out what makes people take up bullshitting, or "communications that result from little to no concern for truth, evidence and/or established semantic, logical, systemic, or empirical knowledge." To do that, he ran two separate experiments: One in which he t

Research Study

Politifact Language Audit

Dallas Card, Lucy H. Lin, Noah A. Smith
Our Summary

PolitiFact language audit finds no bias toward either U.S. political party

This report analyzes language that PolitiFact has published about Democrats and Republicans to see how the organization has framed speakers from both parties. It used automated text analysis on approximately 10,000 articles dating back to 2007, with the bulk of them between 2010 and 2017.

Research Study

Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation: A Review of the Scientific Literature

Joshua A. Tucker, Andrew Guess, Pablo Barber, Cristian Vaccari, Alexandra Siegel, Sergey Sanovich, Denis Stukal, Brendan Nyhan
Our Summary

A comprehensive look at misinformation research

This high-level review looks at all the major scientific literature on the relationship between social media, political polarization and disinformation.

Research Study

Anatomy of an online misinformation network

Chengcheng Shao, Y Pik-Mai Hui, Y Lei Wang, Xinwen Jiang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
Our Summary

On Twitter, misinformation outscaled fact-checking leading up to 2016 U.S. election

In this study, researchers analyze tweets from the run-up and aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to determine how the spread of misinformation relates to that of fact-checking.


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