After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in journalism, Andrés Jiménez didn’t get a job at a news organization. So instead, he built a fact-checking bot.
“It was quite difficult to find a job and I just wanted to get started,” the Complutense University of Madrid alumnus told Poynter. “In the last couple of years, our profession has been scrutinized and I thought fact-checking would be the best option.”
Enter Facterbot, a Facebook Messenger chatbot designed to deliver recent, far-reaching fake news stories to users’ inboxes. In addition to informing people about the most recent piece of misinformation, Jiménez — now a journalism innovation master’s student at Miguel Hernández University — said his goal is to help fact-checkers do their jobs better.
“False stories are shared more than the fact checks that debunk them,” he said. “I thought that sending the stories directly to them could combat that and make it a lot easier to discover if something is false.”
Jiménez is not alone in creating a Messenger bot aimed at delivering fact checks. In Brazil, two fact-checking organizations are building similar products — Aos Fatos’ Fátima and Agência Lupa’s Projeto Lupe!. Facebook is funding both projects, the latter of which is based on a model from Le Monde’s Les Decodéurs, in an effort to limit the spread of misinformation ahead of October’s general election.
Where Facterbot differs is in its approach.
While Fátima and Projeto Lupe! draw upon each organization’s respective fact checks to answer questions in real time, Facterbot delivers
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