Issue of September 8, 2019
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Results of fact-checking proj on 2019 polls to be released
by Press release, a collaborative fact-checking project for the 2019 midterm elections, will hold Sept. 13 a media briefing on its analysis of the claims verified or debunked in its website.

The event will be at 10 a.m. at the ASEAN Hall, GT-Toyota Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The scope of the analysis covers the height of the election period, February to May. researchers found that social media is the top source of fake news and disinformation followed by the public statements and claims of candidates.

Other sources of false clams, half-truths, or out-of-context statements made by candidates and other public figures are televised debates, public forums, speeches, campaign ads, and even the candidates’ curriculum vitaes. 

The full study, which will be released Sept. 13, noted that Facebook was still the preferred social media platform of candidates to engage with the voters.

Of the 62 Senate hopefuls certified by the Commission on Elections, at least 30 had official Facebook pages that regularly posted content.

The study showed: the candidates and public figures spreading ‘fake news,’ the social media channels/platforms used to spread disinformation, and the types of deceptive claims made, among others. 

The collaborative fact-checking project brought together 11 media organizations and three universities to fact-check statements, claims, press releases, campaign platforms, and advertisements of politicians and their supporters.

It received a grant from the ‘Facebook Journalism Project’ and technology support from Meedan, a non-profit company.

The partners are ABS-CBN, Baguio Midland Courier, CLTV 36, DZUP 1602, Interkasyon, Mindanews, The Philippine Star,, Probe Productions, Rappler, Vera Files, Ateneo de Manila University, De la Salle University, and the University of the Philippines. Faculty members from the Department of Journalism and Computer Science Department of UP Diliman served as project coordinators.

The media briefing is open to partners and non-partners of but attendees are advised to RSVP the organizers at to reserve a slot since the venue could accommodate a limited number of participants.

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