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
Multiple posts shared hundreds of times on Facebook and YouTube claim that drinking coconut water diluted with potassium aluminium sulphate, a chemical compound commonly used in water purification, can "dissolve kidney stones". The claim is misleading;
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 The power of the pause A couple weeks ago, the
Multiple Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim new cases of plague have been detected in China and there are “no treatments” to cure it. The posts also warn the plague could become an epidemic that is more serious than the novel coronavir
Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared repeatedly in July 2020 claim the local government in the Australian state of Victoria has begun handing out an AUD1,500 (USD1,044) payment to “anyone who tested positive for COVID-19”. The claim was share
A purported list of immigration restrictions imposed by the Taiwanese Justice Ministry on "Hong Kong citizens" has been shared repeatedly in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts in June 2020. The posts claim Taiwan will only accept immigration applica
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 Officials confront COVID-19 vaccine resistance
Social media posts shared thousands of times in the United States contain multiple false or misleading claims about face masks used to stop the spread of COVID-19, including that they violate federal standards for oxygen supply, cloth masks “do not
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/20/tech/facebook-reopen-groups/index.html Earlier this spring, as some Amer
This post has been updated often. LIVE AT 1:30 P.M. EASTERN | Tackling health misinformation with truth, trust, and tactics Moderator: Nat Geynes | Meedan, Director of Digital Health Lab Panelists: Dora-Olivia Vicol | Full Fact, Research
The world waits anxiously for a vaccine that will halt the deaths and devastation from the coronavirus. But until that happens, fear and uncertainty are generating a gigantic list of falsehoods about this topic. Extra caution is essential when reading
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 Who should police speech online? A new survey
A purported government resolution has been shared in multiple Facebook posts in June 2020 claiming that the Philippine government has approved a motion to reimpose strict lockdown measures in Metro Manila, Cebu and Laguna. The claim is misleading and h
All current and future fact-checking organizations in the International Fact-Checking Network will now get free access to CrowdTangle, a powerful social media analysis tool. This comes a month after the IFCN partnered with the platform to offer free ac
An image of a purported tweet from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison claiming that he is “glad we don’t have any racism here in Australia” has been shared multiple times on Facebook. The claim is false; the tweet was not posted by Morrison
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-vulnerable-populations-misinformation.html As the COVID-19 pandemic threa
Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network led the creation of the chatbot to make its database of more than 4,000 COVID-19 hoaxes easy and accessible to people around the world. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 4, 2020) -- The Poynter Institute's
President Donald Trump continues to add false and exaggerated statements to his already lengthy list of bogus voter fraud claims. There is no evidence to back up Trump’s blanket claim that “mailed ballots are corrupt.” Voting experts
Social media users focus on popularity, not accuracy.
Quick Take A viral Facebook post about COVID-19 falsely claims that in New York “every contaminated corpse belongs to the state” and will be incinerated without any “wakes or memorial services to pay your last respects.” The sta
President Donald Trump has been holding daily press conferences to provide the latest information about the coronavirus from the federal government, but his rhetoric has sometimes been imprecise, misleading or outright incorrect. Here are three recent
Over the past year, The Fact Checker has expanded our video series well beyond fact-checking U.S. politicians. We introduced a comprehensive guide to manipulated video, explained the complex history of Turkey and the Kurds and investigated conflicting
Quick Take A Virginia bill that would have banned the sale of “assault firearms” has been tabled for a year, but misinformation about it continues to circulate online — including a false claim that the state will confiscate guns. Ful
The second episode of our miniseries “Fakeout” takes us to India, where viral rumors spread on WhatsApp led to death.