Teen Fact-Checking Network

The MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN) publishes daily fact-checks for teenagers, by teenagers. The program is a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

In 2020, the TFCN is focused on fact-checking social media content related to the novel coronavirus. Our team of teen fact-checkers — reporting from more than a dozen states in the U.S. — has published more than 50 fact-checks related to COVID-19 as of May 7.

TFCN fact-checks are unique in that they both debunk misinformation and teach the audience media literacy skills so they can fact-check on their own. On average, 86% of respondents polled on the MediaWise Instagram account recently reported they were more likely to fact-check on their own after watching a TFCN fact-check story.

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Featured Fact-Checks

A recent tweet by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk about the Obama administration's response to H1N1 needs more context.

Did the Obama Administration mishandle H1N1?

All Fact-Checks

A recent tweet by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk about the Obama administration's response to H1N1 needs more context.

Did the Obama Administration mishandle H1N1?

Shows an Instagram post that claims the creator of Fortnite bought thousands of acres of forest

Did the creator of Fortnite really buy thousands of acres of forest?

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Did NASA give spiders drugs to see how they would affect web-spinning?

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Did a teenager go blind from eating Pringles?

Instagram post showing an alleged fact about giant mushrooms ruling the earth before trees.

Did mushrooms rule the earth before trees?

Image shows YouTube Seth Flower examining a pair of Jesus Shoes with the rating "legit" over the video still.

Holy Moly: Do these Nike shoes really have blessed water in them?

We looked into whether a group of customers pulled a gun at a Popeyes that had run out of chicken sandwiches.

Did someone pull a gun on a Popeyes employee over a chicken sandwich?

We looked into a suspicious image the allegedly showed Pope Francis licking a baby.

Did Pope Francis actually lick a baby?

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Bee-lieve this? Were bees just voted the most important species?

An image seems to show a Los Angeles Times story about office employees taking a selfie with a dead corowkrer. But there's much more to the story.

Did this office take a group selfie with a dead guy?

Tweet from Steven Crowder about cotton tote bags being bad for the environment.

Are cotton totes bad for the environment?

bette Midler tweet about Amazon's carbon footprint being huge

How big is Amazon’s carbon footprint?

Photo of trump holding doctored hurricane map

Did President Trump show a doctored Hurricane Dorian projection?

Picture of meme saying all batteries on earth store just 10 minutes of the world's energy needs.

Do all the batteries on Earth store just 10 minutes of our electricity needs?