“The role of fact-checkers has really evolved from urban myth debunkers,” said Kalev Leetaru, a senior fellow at George Washington University. “One thing that inspired us was the way that Silicon Valley has centralized around fact-checkers as third-party arbiters of truth.”
Leetaru, who recently launched RealClearPolitics’ Fact Check Review, was referring to Facebook’s ongoing partnership with fact-checking organizations, which launched in December 2016 in an effort to cut down on the amount of misinformation.
Under that program — which is now active in 10 countries around the world — fact-checkers can review viral posts and debunk them. Facebook then limits their reach in News Feed. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is a necessary condition for joining the project.)
Fact Check Review analyzes six American fact-checking initiatives: PolitiFact (a Poynter-owned project), Snopes, The Weekly Standard’s Fact Check, The Washington Post Fact Checker, Factcheck.org and The New York Times. All except The Times and The Post contribute to Facebook’s fact-checking program.
The project only reviews fact checks “bearing on civic and public concern,” defined as “any topic that relates to the political or social environment.” This excludes “run-of-the-mill” urban legends and other apolitical types of fake news.
“Our project strictly involves codifying fact checks, rather than evaluating them,” Leetaru said. “In this regard, our team’s role is limited to extracting and compiling the details of
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