As misinformation becomes a growing problem in media and politics, many people turn to public authorities. Soft power solutions offer an alternative that doesn't risk government censorship.
In the second installment of our series we explore Africa Check, a fact-checking organization active around the continent.
“The impact we’ve made has been noticeable on people in powerful positions, whether it’s politicians or mainstream media. We’ve opened them up, to see that you can’t ignore this, and that’s a good first step.”
ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh talked to journalists and fact-checkers in a half-dozen countries about how misinformation evolves as it travels across the web — and what can be done about it.
Plus: A bill to outlaw fake news in the Philippines, and the question of whether real news outlets should cover fake news.
Plus: Can machine learning fix (some of) the fake news problem? And Facebook wants you to help it answer some hard questions.
Plus: Even more bad news for fact-checking, and how a fake news story spread from a Russian “satire” site to FoxNews.com.
Plus: The faces of a Russian botnet, an alt-right newsletter to subscribe to, and “falsehoods in a forest of facts.”
At a recent ICFJ panel, leading media figures argued that supporting quality reporting worldwide and forging news partnerships will be key to solving the fake news crisis.
At the recent Newsgeist LatAm unconference in São Paulo, leading media figures sought out new ways to address the issue of fake news.
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