03 November 2016
From fact checking to live fact checking: what to learn from the US presidential election
The rise of Donald Trump in American politics and the Brexit campaign in the UK has put fact-checking in the spotlight. Politicians have distorted the truth on occasions for a long time but misinformation has been particularly ubiquitous in the last years with the emergence of the internet.
The launch of PolitiFact in 2003 heralded the creation of many fact-checking organisations. In June 2016, Duke Reporter’s Lab tallied 105 active sites around the world, a 60% increase from a year ago.
The American presidential elections in particular sparked an increase in fact-checking experiments, from live transcripts to browser extensions, with a focus on social media. International media have been watching closely as next year will be an important time for international politics. In Europe, two major countries — France and Germany—will elect new leaders.