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False News and Disinformation

UNESCO published two reports in Spanish to understand and tackle disinformation about COVID-19

UNESCO published two policy reports in Spanish to understand and respond to the 'infodemic': the disinformation pandemic about COVID-19 that has circulated at a speed impossible to control. 

Câmara dos Deputados

Congress overturns Bolsonaro veto and keeps jail time for creation and spread of false news during electoral campaigns

In a joint session of Congress on the night of Aug. 28, deputies and senators overturned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's veto of an article of law criminalizing the spread of false news in the context of elections.

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On the eve of presidential elections in Bolivia, two fact-checking initiatives put a magnifying glass on political discourse

A message allegedly written by Bolivian President Evo Morales on his Twitter account congratulating drug traffickers Joaqín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán and Pablo Escobar on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on June 6 went viral in the country.

Verificado Uruguay team

Uruguay joins the fight against misinformation and launches data verification platform ahead of presidential elections

After a little more than eight months of preparation and arriving at agreements between organizations that support the new data verification initiative in the region, Uruguay has joined the fight against misinformation with the launch of fact-checking site Verificado.uy on July 22.

Jair Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro is criticized for using false information to attack a reporter investigating son’s alleged corruption

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being criticized after he posted false information about a journalist from newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo to his Twitter account.

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Peruvian media bring fact-checking to radios across the country with new segment to verify public discourse

One of Peru’s digital investigative journalism sites and its largest radio broadcasting company have teamed up to verify public discourse and share their findings across the country.

Meeting of the Advisory Council on Internet and Elections of the TSE in Brasília on Oct. 22. (Photo: Nelson Jr. / Ascom / TSE)

Brazilian verification initiatives call for electoral court’s collaboration to fight disinformation during elections

Seven Brazilian verification initiatives presented a letter with suggestions of concrete measures that the Superior Electoral Court (TSE, for its initials in Portuguese) can take to help them fight general disinformation related to the country's elections, whose second round happens on Oct. 28.

Cristina Tardáguila, director of Agência Lupa. (Courtesy)

With new ombudsman, Agência Lupa bets on professional criticism to improve fact-checking during election coverage in Brazil

The year 2018 has posed several challenges for fact-checking initiatives in Brazil. In addition to general elections permeated by intense political polarization and the new weight of social networks in the dissemination of rumors, fact-checking professionals are also faced with the distrust of the public, still in doubt about the role of fact-checking in the Brazilian media environment.

Tribunal Superior Eleitoral Brasil

Judiciary and Congress confront ‘fake news’ in Brazil, but critics fear negative effects for freedom of expression

In 2018 several Latin American countries will see presidential elections, and with them, the risk of widespread misinformation caused by fraudulent news. In Brazil, concern about the problem has moved public authorities, and within four months of the election, the Superior Electoral Court has made its first decision regarding the fight against fraudulent news in the electoral context.