Fighting the Infodemic: The #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance (Poynter)

Poynter: Fighting the Infodemic: The #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance. “Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the novel coronavirus.”

Poynter: Hoaxes about coronavirus tests have political uses and can push patients away

Poynter: Hoaxes about coronavirus tests have political uses and can push patients away. “Who has the right to be tested for the 2019 coronavirus? Only those with symptoms, or also those who are in quarantine but feeling fine? How much does the test cost? Will uninsured people have to pay out of pocket? Or is the government covering testing costs? Over the past week, the volume of false answers to those questions on social media caught the attention of fact-checkers that are part of the #CoronaVirusFacts/#DatosCoronaVirus alliance.”

TechCrunch: Facebook fact-check feud erupts over Trump virus “hoax”

TechCrunch: Facebook fact-check feud erupts over Trump virus “hoax”. “Who fact-checks the fact-checkers? Did Trump call coronavirus the Democrat’s ‘new hoax’? Those the big questions emerging from a controversial ‘false’ label applied to Politico and NBC News stories by right-wing publisher The Daily Caller. Its Check Your Fact division is a Facebook act-checking partner, giving it the power to flag links on the social network as false, demoting their ranking in the News Feed as well as the visibility of the entire outlet that posted it.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: There are lots of ways to combat misinformation. Here are some creative ones from across three continents

Nieman Journalism Lab: There are lots of ways to combat misinformation. Here are some creative ones from across three continents. “There are many studies on misinformation and ways to combat it, but they’re often focused on traditional reporters and editors. In four new reports published today, Full Fact, an independent fact-checking charity in the United Kingdom, partnered with Africa Check (which fact checks in several countries on the continent) and Argentina’s Chequeado analyzed academic research and fact-checking experiments in the three regions, and recommends how members of the public sector (politicians, health officials, educators, etc.) can contribute to correcting and limiting the spread of bad information.”

BuzzFeed News: Australia Has 17 Million Facebook Users And Seven Facebook Fact Checkers

BuzzFeed News: Australia Has 17 Million Facebook Users And Seven Facebook Fact Checkers. “Considering nearly a third of Australians get their news from Facebook, these fact checkers play an outsized role in determining what gets seen, and in what context, for the country’s 17 million users. So just how many people are working on figuring out what’s real or not on Facebook in Australia? Seven. Between them, they’ve completed 220 fact checks since April 2019 — about one check every one and a half days on average.”

MIT News: Automated system can rewrite outdated sentences in Wikipedia articles

MIT News: Automated system can rewrite outdated sentences in Wikipedia articles. “A system created by MIT researchers could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task manually.”

Reuters: Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

Reuters: Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more. “Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with debunking lies spread on the social network.”