The percentage of mail-in ballots rejected in Georgia due to signature issues this year was about the same as in the 2016 and 2018 general elections. Nevertheless, a tweet from President Donald Trump wrongly compared the number of ballots rejected for
Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg usually disagree, at least as far as Twitter and Facebook policies are concerned. But during Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the two tech CEOs seemed to find common ground on a few topics where they had p
In September we announced that Full Fact was convening a range of experts to develop a new collaborative model for tackling misinformation crises, with funding support from Facebook. While information producers have responded to the coronavirus p
The chaos and confusion that Trump has created isn’t the byproduct of his strategy following his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden. The chaos and confusion is the strategy.
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and misinformation from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institute’s Accountability Project. Sign up here. The next disinformation challenge Pfizer’s announcement
In the two days after Election Day, Twitter has added warning labels to nine of President Donald Trump’s election-related tweets, cautioning the messages “might be misleading.” They are misleading, and in some cases, false. They conti
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Their measures still didn't really address the problems exposed by the 2020 U.S. presidential contest, critics of the social platforms contend.
Several posts on social media have made false or misleading claims alleging voter suppression and voting fraud across the United States. Below is a roundup of some of the claims we have fact-checked. We will update this list as necessary. A popular De
More than 500,000 messages were sent to 82,000 people in the last 46 days to help them sort facts from fiction using WhatsApp. The total number of messages shared by FactChat, the chatbot launched by the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter I
Long before Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced her as his running mate, Kamala Harris was the target of widespread online misinformation.
REVIEW A video showing a press conference from a group calling itself Doctors for Truth circulated on social media in mid-October 2020, receiving hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. In this conference, several individuals made claims about th
With two weeks to go until election day, journalists and voters are preparing for what may be the weirdest election night ever. Misinformation, disinformation and misreporting after the polls close on Nov. 3 pose a legitimate risk to democracy in the U
Quick Take A widely shared meme misrepresents Joe Biden’s endorsements. Biden hasn’t been endorsed by antifa or the Black Lives Matter organization, though BLM co-founders support him. And while President Donald Trump has been endorsed by the major
Social media influencers, partisan news outlets and even President Donald Trump's son are driving the spread of online misinformation swirling around the U.S. vote.
Instagram posts opposing a proposed New Jersey law to mandate the influenza vaccine for students claim that the immunization raises one’s risk of coronavirus infection. Large studies in the US and Canada found no evidence that flu shots increase the
As Election Day approaches, you may be more likely to see online disinformation that’s aimed at influencing your vote. This year, we’ve fact-checked dozens of false claims on social media about the candidates. Other events — the coronavirus pan
PolitiFact and MediaWise are teaming up to debunk misinformation about the coronavirus crisis. To have Coronavirus Facts delivered to your inbox weekly, click here. This edition of Coronavirus Facts is coming to you a day early because… well… *gest
Even after contracting the coronavirus and being hospitalized, President Donald Trump has continued to downplay the risks of COVID-19 and exaggerate the progress the U.S. has made in fighting the pandemic. Trump told Americans to not let the coronavir
In the early morning hours after Donald Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, misinformation about the president’s condition ballooned on social media. Facebook users falsely claimed that “
The news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump contracted the novel coronavirus led to a wave of social media posts spreading misinformation — and politically charged speculation. Some of posts tapped into baseless conspiracy t
On September 18, Franco Ordoñez, NPR White House correspondent, went on air sounding very worried. He had interviewed a Venezuelan woman in the Miami suburb of Doral, Florida, and confirmed that yes – Latinos in Florida were receiving tons of po
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institute’s Accountability Project. Sign up here Banding together This week a study by the Oxfo
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a slew of measures attempting to grapple with huge volumes and newly challenging kinds of misinformation—from internet companies, fact checkers, governments and public health bodies. Fact checkers collaborate
The project, FactChat, will lead to the creation of a WhatsApp chatbot and two Spanish-language fact-checking units. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2020) -- Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute,
After the rare sighting of twin elephant calves in Sri Lanka in July 2020, misleading claims and old photographs have circulated on Facebook. Some posts falsely claim the Sri Lankan pair were the first twin baby elephants born in South Asia. Other po
The second part of “Plandemic” — a documentary-style video that presents a sweeping conspiracy theory about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, patents and vaccines — landed on Aug. 18, spinning together many of the falsehoods about t
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institute’s Accountability Project. Sign up here A microcosm of misinformation The current conv
“What’s Crap on WhatsApp,” a voice note podcast produced by fact-checking organization Africa Check and podcast company Volume, has gained a dedicated following during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the first six months of 2020, subscriptions to the
“'Hundreds dead' because of Covid-19 misinformation” BBC News website, 12 August 2020 “Online conspiracy theories and misinformation relating to Covid-19 have resulted in at least 800 deaths from coronavirus” The Independent,
Nigeria's growing debt to China has sparked a wave of misinformation about how much money the country owes Beijing. A viral Instagram post made several claims, including that Nigeria had borrowed 3 trillion naira ($7.9 billion). But the allegations
The actions come after an investigation by Snopes into the digital network's fraudulent behavior.
PolitiFact and MediaWise are teaming up to debunk misinformation about the coronavirus crisis. To have Coronavirus Facts delivered to your inbox weekly, click here. This week, I sat down (virtually) with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Factually is a newsletter about fact-checking and accountability journalism, from Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network & the American Press Institute’s Accountability Project. Sign up here How hoaxers use hypocrisy We’ve long kno
Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.
Experts worry the torrent of bad information is dangerously undermining efforts to slow the virus, whose death toll in the U.S. hit 150,000 on July 29.
Facebook posts shared more than a thousand times claim a Nigerian official threatened to invade Ghana after one of Abuja’s embassy buildings there was bulldozed. The claim is false; both Nigerian and Ghanaian authorities blamed the demolition on arme
Multiple Facebook posts shared thousands of times in Myanmar claim that consuming dried butterfly pea flowers causes liver cancer. The claim is misleading; health experts and government regulators in Myanmar say butterfly pea flowers are not carcinoge