Editor’s note: This article has been updated with better videos for The Washington Post Fact Checker and Istinomer, as well as more context for Rouhani Meter’s video.
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While last year American news outlets made the dreaded pivot to video at a perilous rate in a half-baked attempt to make up for lagging pageviews, fact-checkers around the world have increasingly used the medium as a complement to their work. Only metrics will tell whether or not these efforts are successful, but at least one study suggests that video as a format for fact-checking may be more effective in changing people’s misperceptions.
Regardless, the growth in video became abundantly clear last week when Olena Shkarpova, manager of VoxCheck in Ukraine, reached out to the International Fact-Checking Network’s listserv asking for good examples of video fact checks. The responses were overwhelming.
Nineteen fact-checking outlets operating anywhere from the United Kingdom to Iran responded with some of their favorite video fact checks within a few hours, the formats of which are as diverse as their publishers. Here’s a compilation of the highlights, broken up by format.
Liberation’s Désintox (France) produces animated fact-checking videos for the French-German TV channel ARTE. Here’s one from season two about livestock and greenhouse gases, complete with cow cartoons.
This video from Factcheck.org (United States) about a loan to Donald Trump from his father got 2.7 million views and more than 23,000 shares.
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/around-world-19-video-fact-checks