Automated Factchecking

Full Fact’s roadmap The State of Automated Factchecking, launched in August 2016, set out a plan for making factchecking dramatically more effective using existing technology. In autumn we were one of the first UK organisations to use the “Fact Check” label in Google news. 

In November 2016, we announced support from Google’s Digital News Initiative for the first stages of our automated factchecking work, and we’re grateful for vital support from hosting experts Bytemark and search specialists Flax too. 

In January 2017 we hosted #FactHack at Facebook, with Flax. This was our first automated factchecking hackday. 

We need support and funding to develop this work further. Please get in touch if you can help.

We aim to give journalists and the public real time factchecking tools

A lot of people on both sides felt lied to during the referendum. What’s worse is that many people think it’s inevitable they will be lied to. Only about 1 in 5 of us generally trust politicians or journalists to tell the truth. We need to give people tools that help them choose when to trust, and when not to trust claims we hear. Otherwise, it’s too easy just to switch off completely and be cynical about everything.

Not only are more claims being made than ever before, but they can now spread faster than ever too. Factchecking must keep up and automation can help.

Stay up to date  

To stay updated on our progress subscribe to our automated factchecking mailing list, or for any specific questions, or if you can support this work, please email Mevan Babakar at mevan@fullfact.org

In the news

  • TechCrunch Full Fact aims to end fake news with automated fact checking tools
  • Wired Google is helping Full Fact create an automated, real-time fact-checker
  • The Guardian Fake news clampdown: Google gives 150,000 to fact-checking projects  
  • Engadget Full Fact wants to automate fact checking to fight fake news
  • Independent Google funds automated fact-checking software in bid to fight fake news
  • Nieman Lab Fact-checking and data-driven projects among winners of Google’s Digital News Initiative funding

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