#CoronaVirusFacts: the global effort to fight fake news about COVID-19
April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day. In 2020, with the COVID-19 virus shutting down much of the globe, the world's fact-checking organizations are uniting to fight fake news about the disease. Seventy-seven different fact-checking organizations around the world, including the France 24 Observers, are working together in the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, sharing information and pooling resources.
The alliance was launched in January by the International Fact-Checking Network. Participating fact-checking groups in more than 60 countries share the information they gather in their own region with the other partners. False news and misinformation travel fast and far during a crisis, and the same false news and rumours often crop up in multiple countries and multiple languages. The alliance created a database of more than 1,500 articles which is now available to members of the public.
Derek Thomson, editor of the France 24 Observers, describes how it works:
The France 24 Observers team is in confinement but more active than ever in fighting false information on social networks. If you see a suspicious item arrive in your social media feeds, let us know via Facebook.