Fact-checking has some ‘growing pains’
“A dark cloud hangs over us. The disaffection and distrust that have plagued mainstream media outlets for many years is now spilling over to fact-checkers.”
Those were among the remarks Alexios delivered at the fifth annual Global Fact-Checking Summit in Rome last week, where more than 200 fact-checkers from 56 countries gathered to share best practices. In a report for The Washington Post, Glenn Kessler wrote about the conference — and how it’s a notable milestone for a movement that has come under heightened scrutiny from partisans.
“Fact-checkers have increasingly come under attack, facing accusations of bias and partisanship that the neutral journalistic format was supposed to avoid,” Kessler wrote. Read his story here.
This is bad
- Fake social media posts from Russian trolls posing as activists made a notorious police shooting even worse.
- The never-ending battle: NPR reports on a newspaper that was shut down after printing fabricated information — in the 17th century.
- The writer of “Boys Don’t Cry” says it was the “most inaccurate piece of journalism I’ve ever written,” Village Voice writes.
This is how we do it
- This hoaxer “messed with the wrong fact-checker.”
- Facebook’s fact-checking partnership has expanded to Canada.
- USA Facts has a new immigration resource: a 170-year timeline of immigration policy and populations.
This is fun
- Time magazine fact-checks the Jurassic Park dinosaurs.
- Researchers are actually taking bets on when the first “deepfake” video will appear during 2018 U.S. elections. Prizes include cocktails.
- Here’s a Twitter moment with some notable moments from Global Fact last week.
A closer look
- Characterized as a way to avoid the mistakes that Facebook made, here’s how Apple is planning to not screw up the 2018 U.S. elections.
- It’s all about perspective, right? Either fake news is just a nuisance and not a threat, or it’s going to destroy the world.
- The Washington Post takes a look at the limitations of Facebook’s fact-checkers in Mexico.
If you read one more thing
Is the growth of misinformation actually the result of too much democracy? Politico Magazine makes the case.
8 quick fact-checking links
- Malaysia’s new government appears to be officially backing off its fake news law.
- When fake news turns deadly: An upcoming BBC report.
- Here’s a primer on misinformation on WeChat, the Chinese language app.
- That “crying girl” Time magazine cover needed some fact-checking.
- The Christian Science Monitor says journalists are losing the battle against President Trump’s truth problem.
- California dreamin’? State officials want to appoint an advisory group to help solve the fake news problem.
- The Verge reports on Adobe’s efforts to use artificial intelligence in its fight against faked images.
- Facebook says its expansion of fact-checking tools “will never be finished.”
Until next week,