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SXSW 2020

Building the World’s Largest Team of Fact-Checkers

News agency Agence France-Presse has built up the largest news fact-checking operation in the world. How does this help fight disinformation worldwide around elections and what does it mean for the future of journalism? Founding member of AFP’s Fact Checking Project, Sophie Nicholson will be joined by Oluwamayowa Tijani (Nigeria fact-checker), Elodie Martinez (Latin America senior fact-checker), and Yenni Kwok, (Asia senior fact-checker). The panel will be moderated by Reuters journalist Lucy Nicholson. The project has had a strong impact in France, around the yellow vests protests, bringing new audiences. Working with Facebook to get false or misleading posts downgraded, as well as Instagram, AFP sees working with tech companies as inevitable to the future of journalism.

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  1. How can fact-checking rebuild trust in democracy?
  2. How will fact-checking of social media guide the future of journalism?
  3. How do hoaxes reappear in different countries and how can journalists collaborate across continents to tackle them?



Sophie Nicholson, Deputy Head Of Social Media & Fact Checking, Agence France-Presse

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