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A new cross-regional anti-disinformation initiative launches in the Balkans

By Metamorphosis Foundation, for Global Voices Nine organizations from five Balkan countries, including Metamorphosis Foundation, have joined forces to launch the Anti-Disinformation Network for the Balkans (ADN-Balkans), the first cross-border disinformation initiative in the region. The network will include members from North Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania, and will work in cooperation with similar groups from other neighboring countries. The initiative was launched on April 2, declared International Fact-Checking Day by the International Fact-Checking

Figure of the week: 35

By EU vs Disinfo Fact-Checkers note a 35 % increase in disinformation, published by Serbian tabloids Not less than 945 unfounded items of news have been published in 2019 by four tabloids (Informer, Srpski Telegraf, Alo and Kurir) with the largest circulation in Serbia, fact-checking platform Raskrikavanje found in their most recent analysis. This is a 35% increase compared to 2018, when the independent website tracked 700 articles circulated by

A smarter conversation about how (and why) fact-checking matters

By Lucas Graves, for NiemanLab “The facts unearthed by reporters and other watchdogs are a resource for public action, but they tend to make a real difference only when they are mobilized by political campaigns or social movements, or used to trigger institutional responses from regulators or the courts.” Lucas Graves If recent history is any guide, the U.S. presidential contest next year will bring a surge in political fact-checking

Finally, Instagram is getting fact-checked (in a limited way and just in the U.S., for now)

“The potential to prevent harm is high here, particularly with the widespread existence of health misinformation on the platform.” By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab Facebook is expanding the third-party fact-checking program that it launched on its own platform in 2016 to Instagram — something that many who watch the space have advocated for awhile. Facebook has owned Instagram for seven years; this is an expansion of a trial that

Can crowdsourcing scale fact-checking up, up, up? Probably not, and here’s why

By Mevan Babakar, for NiemanLab There’s no end to the need for fact-checking, but fact-checking teams are usually small and struggle to keep up with the demand. In recent months, organizations like WikiTribune have suggested crowdsourcing as an attractive, low-cost way that fact-checking could scale. As the head of automated fact-checking at the U.K.’s independent fact-checking organization Full Fact, I’ve had a lot of time to think about these suggestions, and I

America the Clueless or America the Context-less?: a practical, contextual approach to reporting on complex issues

By Emily Thorson, for Trust, Media & Democracy “America the clueless,” quipped the headline of an opinion piece by The New York Times’ Frank Bruni in 2013. In the piece, Bruni cites statistic after statistic showing how much Americans get wrong about the political world. He laments that “[T]he truth is that a great big chunk of the [American] electorate is tuned out, zonked out, or combing Roswell for alien remains. My own research

How to Spot Fake News

By Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson, FactCheck Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past. Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers

When is a false claim a lie? Here’s what fact-checkers think

Readers have had enough of the media not calling things by their names. Take Don Miller, of Littleton, Colorado, for example: Do you remain asea in ‘political correctness,’ or are you just being kind when you make reference to ‘whoppers’ and ‘falsehoods?’ A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie, intended to sway and/or influence the recipient, but still a lie. Mr. Miller’s email could easily have

Tracking a Mysterious Missile Launcher Inside an Information War

By Henk van Ess, Global Investigation Journalism Network Egyptian traffic cops found a mobile launcher lying in a piece of pile near the airport of Cairo. The story was quickly dismissed by Egyptian media. But others believed it. In this detective & research adventure, you learn how to find the truth midst of an information war. CAIRO / BERLIN — Ibrahim Yousry was heading to work in Cairo when he was shocked

There are now 114 fact-checking initiatives in 47 countries

By Alexios Mantzarlis, Poynter Facts may be passé, but fact-checking appears to be a growth industry. The latest figures by the Duke Reporters’ Lab indicate there are 114 dedicated fact-checking teams in 47 countries. When the Lab first counted up fact-checkers in 2014, the same number was 44. While some of this increase is a matter of identification rather than creation — Duke is recognizing existing fact-checkers it hadn’t previously

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