Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check
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
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
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
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
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
Lies and democracy: Who are the truth tellers?
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
6 December 2019
As part of the annual general meeting of NICVA, the umbrella body of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, there was a panel discussion on the topics of truth, trust, and how everyone engages with a bombardment of information. Entitled, “Lies and Democracy: The Fight for the Truth”, BBC Radio Ulster presenter, Seamus McKee, moderated the discussion with panellists Amanda Ferguson, John Barry, and Orna Young. Continue reading Lies and democracy: Who are the truth tellers?