Accuracy in Media

Google is beefing up its efforts to fight fake news by partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute. According to their website, the network is a nonpartisan organization committed to promoting excellence in fact-checking and building a community of fact-checkers around the world.

The partnership with the network will focus on three key areas:

  • Increasing the number of verified fact-checkers through a combination of efforts, ranging from holding global fact-check workshops to offering coaching and stipends for new fact-checking organizations. Ultimately, these partners can help make sure that the content on Google Search and Google News has been accurately fact checked.
  • Expanding fact-checking to more regions by translating the Code of Principles into ten languages and ensuring credible fact checkers can apply to participate in the IFCN community.
  • Providing fact-checking tools, at no cost, to the IFCN community. We’ll also offer trainings and access to an engineering time bank. Volunteer engineers will attend the annual Global Fact-Checking Summit to spend a day helping fact checkers develop software solutions to boost their impact or gain other efficiencies.

The network has developed a code of principles that now has 37 signatories including Snopes and Politifact which have agreed to abide by it when conducting their own fact-checking.


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