International Fact-Checking Network flash grant (Brazil)

This flash grant was assigned to Aos Fatos.

fatima bot

@fatimabot is Aos Fatos's Twitter bot and part broader project called Fátima, Aos Fatos's artificial intelligence initiative. On Twitter, it is a web application that monitors tweets with links to false or distorted news and information and responds with a didactic and empathic message, pointing to a link and a brief description of its fact check. It is an innovative "guerrilla check" strategy: Aos Fatos intends to hack strategies of proliferation of misinformation by appropriating its technological tools.

The tweet data is stored in a database so you can know how many people shared the link with the fake or distorted information, and how many clicked on each individual check. The bot prioritizes people with more followers, to maximize impact without being a spammer. Aos Fatos's editors are able to use a page to index links to false or distorted content and links to debunkings. The bot digs into Twitter every 15 minutes in search of new tweets that have spread misinformation. When it finds it, it automatically tweets the URL-related fact-check.

For the moment, @fatimabot's code is only able to read URLs indexed by Aos Fatos's team.
With support from IFCN's Flash Grant, @fatimabot will be able to read what is tweeted by a politician and, by crossing with Aos Fatos' database of fact-checks, reply with a tweet that says if that statement is true, false or something in between.

Scope. The IFCN flash grant provides an immediate injection of funds to a fact-checking project that seems likely to have a high impact.

Who should apply. Brazilian fact-checking projects* that expect a high return from this investment.

The goal is to provide a limited but rapid boost to fact-checkers that have a concrete idea but need limited resources to implement them quickly. Applicants should think of this bursary as seed funding to get started (no additional funding will be made available).

How much is available. US$ 10,000

What can this bursary be used for. Funding can be used to cover any operational or project-specific costs. How the money will be spent is far less relevant than what the applicants expect to achieve.


  • Applications open Monday August 20
  • Deadline for applicants Monday September 3
  • Interviews Monday September 10
  • Winner announced Wednesday September 12

How to applyApply via this form.

Evaluation. Evaluation will be conducted by IFCN staff according to the following criteria:

  • Expected impact of the project (3 points)
  • Clarity of the indicators and targets (3 points)
  • Track record and existing results of the organization/team (3 points)
  • Ambition (1 point)
  • Bonus: participation in the relevant Lupa/IFCN/Google News Initiative workshop of August 20 (1 point)

The three projects with the highest score will be invited to a Skype interview.

What do we expect from the winning fact-checking project.

  • A two-page narrative report on the indicators and targets (six and twelve months after the grant is assigned).
  • Verification as a signatory of the IFCN code of principles by the end of the project.
  • Publication of at least 3 fact checks a week for the duration of the project.

*Fact-checking for the scope of this grant is defined as the act of publishing nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. This bursary will be made available in association with four workshops IFCN and Google News Initiative are holding in 2018. Each round will be announced in association with the related workshop. The first flash grant was awarded to La Voce in Italy, the second to Factly in India.

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