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False News and Disinformation

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Inside Brazil's dangerous battle over fake news

"The battle over what is true or false, who gets to decide, and whether and how to punish offenders, is tearing at the very fabric of [Brazil's] young democracy. Fake news is badly eroding the public’s faith in Brazil’s voting system ahead of presidential elections in 2022. It is also at the heart of a […]

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Registration open for Global Fact 8, conference for fact-checking around the world

Global Fact 8, a conference on fact-checking around the world that's organized by he International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute, will be held from Oct. 20 to 23, 2021. "This year’s Global Fact will take place virtually for the second time after meeting in person for years all around the world in cities such […]

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Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru sign declaration to combat electoral disinformation

"Representatives of electoral institutions from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru signed a declaration in Quito with the aim of jointly combating false news and disinformation generated around electoral processes. [...] Among the commitments of the meeting, the participants reiterated their intention to continuously apply good regional practices for verifying information (factchecking) and actions against disinformation […]

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Judge decides Brazilian fact-checking site Aos Fatos cannot say which magazine published disinformation

"Judge Marcelo Augusto Oliveira, from the 41st Civil Court of the TJ-SP (Court of Justice of São Paulo), determined in a preliminary ruling that Aos Fatos can no longer mention that the Oeste Magazine conveyed disinformation. Injunctive relief granted in favor of the publication regards two checks: one about distortions in data from the monitoring […]

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Mexican media outlets form alliance against disinformation ahead of 2021 elections

"Faced with the 2021 Elections [in Mexico], independent and digital native media outlets in Chihuahua and Sinaloa, together with Animal Político, launch a collaborative fact-checking initiative, which was created to combat false or inaccurate content that circulates in the context of state and federal elections. [...] This effort brings together the newsrooms of La Verdad, […]

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Latin American fact-checking media will work to combat vaccine disinformation

"Chequeado, which has coordinated the LatamChequea network since 2014, will work for a year with 22 fact-checking organizations in the region, Spain and Portugal, and with the support of the Google News Initiative, on a series of actions to counter disinformation about [COVID-19] vaccines. Much of the disinformations crosses borders and is repeated from one […]

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Facebook has an apparent double standard over COVID-19 misinformation in Brazil, researchers say

"Researchers want Facebook’s Oversight Board to evaluate the platform’s exemption of politicians from fact-checking after new research from Brazillian fact-checking organization Agência Lupa pointed to 29 examples of President Jair Bolsonaro spreading COVID-19 misinformation. [...] The research, first reported on by Brazillian news outlet Folha de Sao Paulo, looked at Facebook videos and live sessions […]

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PerúCheck launches to combat electoral disinformation

"On Monday [Feb. 15], the Peruvian Press Council launched PerúCheck, a collaborative journalistic fact-checking tool to address the disinformation that has been occurring during this year's electoral campaign. The objective is for citizens to be able to vote with reliable information. The alliance is led by three national media outlets associated with the Peruvian Press […]

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UNESCO and Latin American partners launch PortalCheck to combat mis/disinformation in the region

"PortalCheck is an online initiative that offers valuable resources and tools on how to combat COVID-19 mis/disinformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform (regional hub) consists of compiled notes and resources for distinct audiences created by expert fact-checkers from throughout the region. This joint project is implemented by UNESCO, in partnership with Chequeado […]

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Extremist group hacks networks of the Peruvian fact-checking alliance Ama Llulla, and spreads hateful messages

“A group that identifies itself as far-right has undertaken a strategy of illicit appropriation of the graphic identity and messages of the Ama Llulla network on social networks, through a Facebook account that spreads false content and hateful messages against candidates from different parties, in what constitutes one of the most aggressive disinformation actions of […]