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#NAMAPolicy: Fact-checking processes and business models

Namapolicy fakenews fact-checking panel

On 21st February 2018, Medianama held a discussion in Delhi, on Fake News and Online Content Regulation, with support from Facebook. The following are notes from a panel on Fact-checking processes and business models. As fake news permeates newsrooms and spreads on social media, fact-checkers play the role of vanguards against this spread of misinformation. How do they go about doing this? HR Venkatesh of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) began the discussion explaining the types of fact-checks, "There are three types of fact-checks and in the media, we get confused because we do all the three types. First up is the old New Yorker-style, somebody writes a story and the fact-checker goes through and checks the minutest of details, every piece of description made. That is really old-school journalism that I believe the New Yorker and many older magazines continue to conduct. The second is what we in the media mostly do, that is verify breaking news. If something happens we look at two-three sources to corroborate that information before we put it out. The problem we are facing right now is the third type, for which newsrooms are completely not prepared, which is debunking false information or fake news." Karen Rebelo of BOOM, an independent fact-checking website, spoke about how they go about the process. Rebelo said, "We look at fact-checking a bit differently. We don't just look at news and propaganda we look at any sort of opportunity to clarify something, it could be a message on Whatsapp or…

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