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The challenges of online fact checking: how technology can (and can’t) help

The challenges of online fact checking: how technology can (and can’t) help

The challenges of online fact checking: how technology can (and can’t) help17 December 2020 | Phoebe ArnoldFull Fact has carried out research into the main challenges faced by fact checkers around the world when finding and checking claims which appear in online places. Download the report (pdf)Over the past few years online misinformation has become a concern for many fact checking organisations. Meanwhile, technology is viewed with skepticism by fact checkers, with many believing that the phrase “automated fact checking” describes a project to misguidedly automate processes that require human judgments. Up until now, fact checking organisations have generally reacted to proposals from internet companies in a piecemeal and unsystematic way, for example signing up individually to Facebook’s fact checking program before having joint discussions or asking collectively for certain conditions. Nevertheless, fact checkers now need to consider these questions.