We’re happy to announce that our proposal to create a new tool for strengthening fact-checkers has been aproved by the Department of State. We’re going to work with one of the strongest fact-checkers in the region, platform Factual.ro that is curated by Funky Citizens NGO. Read our proposal below and follow the development on Github.
Fact-checking organizations provide facts to justify public statements or to confront them, thus raising the quality of the public debate. Their role in the media landscape of CEE countries is getting bigger as new governments are in fact limiting the freedom of press by gaining personal control over state media or by threatening to cut ad spendings to private media. In such situation fact-checkers, not involved in the local capital, tend to be the last stronghold of objectivism and journalistic ethics.
There are some key challenges that fact-checkers are facing:
We want to address challenges in fact-checkers reaching out to their audience. We envision creating a tool that after one-time install will inform users anytime they encounter fact-checked statements in the online media. This technique will allow to make readers better informed without changing their habits of media usage.
“In the old days” reader had to navigate to Politifact (to give a widely known example) to check what has been fact-checked recently in topics that interest him/her
With our tool the reader is automagically presented with the Truth-O-Meter ruling directly in the source that he is reading
We could also inform users in the social media feed which articles has been fact-checked