Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check

Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check
FactCheckNI
1 May 2020

On Friday, 24 April, FactCheckNI published a fact check, “Are COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland 50% higher than Ireland?” The fact check was in regards to an article published earlier that week on Wednesday 22 April in the Irish Times, “Coronavirus: Ireland is one island with two different death rates”. The content of this article was shared on Facebook’s platform, as well as other social media platforms. Continue reading Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check

New working partnership: COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project

Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and FactCheckNI are delighted to be working in partnership on the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information which will increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.

The objectives of the project are:

    1. To disseminate official COVID-19 information
    2. To fact check unofficial information about COVID-19
    3. To counteract misinformation and identify gaps in information for people in communities about COVID-19
    4. To disseminate health literacy friendly COVID-19 information to CDHN and FactCheckNI networks
    5. To prioritise the dissemination of information about the role of pharmacies

CDHN has over 2,500 members and supports tens of thousands of people across Northern Ireland. They are NI’s leading organisation working to empower communities, improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. CDHN has particular expertise in health literacy, having developed and delivered training and provided support on health literacy to communities, pharmacists and other health and social care professionals.

FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated independent fact checking service.  The organisation is verified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and works under the fundamental principles of impartiality, transparency and accuracy. FactCheckNI is also part of Facebook’s third party fact-checking programme; this is part of Facebook’s efforts to minimise the spread of misinformation on its platform.  Find out more here


Please contact Orna by email or FactCheckNI online if:

  • You would like to receive official and fact-checked information
  • You have seen information about COVID-19 that you think should be fact checked
  • There is something you would like to know about COVID-19 and you can’t find it
  • There is information about COVID-19 that you would like to see/receive in a more health literate format

Website: www.factcheckni.org • Twitter: @FactCheckNI • Facebook: @factcheckni • Instagram: factcheckni_

FAQ: Facebook

What is Facebook’s Third-Party Fact Checking Programme?

Facebook’s Third-Party Fact Checking Programme is part of the social media company’s efforts to minimise the spread of misinformation on its platform.

The programme has been running since December 2016. FactCheckNI has been participating since April 2019.

To be a participant, the fact checking organisation must be a verified signatory of the Code of Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network and choose to opt in to the programme. FactCheckNI as been a verified signatory since 2016. Continue reading FAQ: Facebook

Misinformation and COVID-19

Misinformation and COVID-19
by Dr Orna YOUNG for FactCheckNI
25 March 2020

We are living through a global health emergency in which the communication of misinformation and disinformation — or what has been termed “an infodemic” — will quite literally mean the difference between life and death. Never before has the quality and accuracy of the information we are consuming mattered on such an immediate and global scale. While social media platforms and communication apps must play their role in removing misinformation, individuals also have a responsibility to check what they are sharing. With this in mind, FactCheckNI have put together a guide to accessing information on COVID-19. Continue reading Misinformation and COVID-19

Fact checking and fast news

Fact checking and fast news
by Alan MEBAN for FactCheckNI
18 February 2020

False information can cost lives. Unintentional misinformation and deliberate disinformation being shared about the current coronavirus outbreak could cause unnecessary anxiety or could cause vulnerable people to drop their guard and expose themselves to a greater risk of infection. Continue reading Fact checking and fast news

Asking the right questions for a better-informed public

Asking the right questions for a better-informed public
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
28 January 2020

Representing FactCheckNI and as part of a four-person panel, I was invited to give evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Fellow witnesses were Ed Humpherson (Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR)), Will Moy (Chief Executive, Full Fact), and Jenni Sargent (Managing Director, First Draft). Continue reading Asking the right questions for a better-informed public