In search of the truth


Shajan C Kumar

Fact checking

Today, April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day. It is promoted by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) in partnership with fact-checking organizations around the world.
IFCN brought together fact-checkers from across the globe to combat disinformation around the war in Ukraine immediately after Russian forces invaded. The initiative resulted in #UkraineFacts, a collaboration that has seen verified signatories publish more than 1,000 fact-checks to counter misleading claims detected in multiple countries in the first month of the fighting. This effort follows the success of #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance and the searchable database of COVID-19 fact-checks with over 12,000 submissions.

Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, who heads verified signatory Rappler, received the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." It was the first time in over 80 years that the Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized journalists with that prize.

Fact-checking is a process that seeks to verify factual information, in order to promote the veracity and correctness of reporting. Fact-checking can be conducted before or after the news is published or otherwise disseminated. Internal fact-checking is such checking done in-house by the publisher, when the text is analysed by a third party.

The Fake-News spreading around will pollute the ethics of news media and will bring in discomfort among the readers. So, it is very important to stop fake-news. A 2020 meta-analysis of research into the effects of fact-checking on misinformation found that fact-checking has substantial positive impacts on social and political beliefs.

We all live in a time when spreading false information continues to be a major challenge. When fake news spreads like wildfire, there is only one way to escape it. Be extremely vigilant.

It is imperative to move beyond the recent narratives of facts and fake news. Political and social co-operation is needed to focus on fact-finding in the broader consideration of human behaviour, interaction, and our interrelationships.

Fact-finding is a form of critical and investigative inquiry. It includes a wide range of approaches and applications.

Many of the things that are presented as fake news are sometimes the analysis of a group of people who want to be like that. We can see that they are eager to secure it. This is where we need to understand the relevance of fact-checking.

It was during the Covid-19 epidemic that we began to recognize the prevalence of fake news. How authentically people began to say what to do and what not to do. Many of them were completely absurd. Yet many believed it. The same information was shared with friends and relatives.

The mainstream media today relies heavily on fact-checkers. False news can never be spread. The resulting political and social imbalances will even affect the progress of mankind.

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