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False News and Disinformation

The radio segment can also be listened to on RPP's radio player (Screenshot)

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.

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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.