Google partners with International Fact Checking Network to further tackle fake news

Google announces partnership with International Fact-Checking Network to focus on increasing number of fact checkers, expand service globally, more

The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, has entered into a partnership with Google News Lab to expand the work of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). The project aims to dramatically increase the searchable output of fact-checkers worldwide, expand fact-checking to new markets and support fact-checking beyond politics, such as in sports, health and science.

In 2018, the IFCN and Google News Lab will host four fact-checking workshops, prioritizing parts of the world where fact-checking is most needed and least rooted.

"At a time of massive online misinformation, we need more and better fact-checking,” said Alexios Mantzarlis, the director of the IFCN at Poynter. “Support from Google News Lab will enable the IFCN to encourage more fact-checking around the world, while also helping raise the standards and impact of existing initiatives."

This 12-month partnership with Google News Lab will also offer new resources for existing fact-checkers, including an engineering “time bank” and free access to social monitoring, verification and visualization tools.

“With so much information available around the clock and across devices, being able to understand at a glance what’s true and what’s false online is increasingly important,” said Erica Anderson, partnerships manager at Google News Lab. “Through partnerships with organizations like the IFCN, we hope this gives people a better understanding of the information they are about to click on online.”

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