April 4, 2022

Misinformation is no longer a topic of interest for the International Fact-Checking Network’s signatories — it is a focal point for a global news story. As false information (from individuals, from governments) spreads wildly and rapidly amid the Russian-Ukrainian war, fact-checking organizations are uniquely positioned to inform and educate readers about its harm.

The theme for International Fact-Checking Day 2022 was #FactCheckingIsEssential. This message was repeated throughout social media over the weekend in hundreds of languages:

Other fact-checking organizations went the media literacy route. AFP Fact-Check Germany created a helpful video on how to effectively fact-check information on Twitter:

Dubawa, an independent fact-checker based in Nigeria, explains how to identify doctored video when you come across it:

Turkish fact-checker Teyit promoted Digital Parent, their newsletter that teaches parents the skills to raise children in the digital age.

Factly India shows how the fact-checking process works:

And The Quint, an English and Hindi language news outlet and IFCN fact-checker in India, shared how readers can send dubious claims their way through WhatsApp:


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Folks who are not part of the IFCN got into the spirit of things. The European Union Commission shared a “think before you share” message:

An information researcher in Canada shared the importance of science shaping the health decisions we make:

Want to follow the IFCN’s signatories? Follow Poynter’s Twitter list of verified signatories.

There is still time to participate in International Fact-Checking Day! Check out Poynter’s foolproof guide to living your best fact-filled life.

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Josie Hollingsworth is PolitiFact's Audience Director. Previously, she worked in audience engagement, expanding social platforms and website production at The Seattle Times and the Tampa…
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