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  • The rise of fact-checking
  • The rise of fact-checking
    Ka Kissel (2008) ©

The rise of fact-checking

Who trusts what a politician says? Not all that many people these days, it seems; buoyed by the rise of specialised fact-checking sites, a series of academic studies have revealed 'huge growth' in political fact-checking, as journalists attempt to adapt to counter the rapid rise of misinformation.



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    Twitter was a powerful medium for self expression throughout the Arab Spring that began in 2010. Yet despite on-going friction and conflict in the Arab world, its usage for political discussion has declined. According to research agency Social Eyez, this is both out of boredom and fear.

  • Article image Why are young people only political on Facebook?

    Young Brits are politically minded. 70% think social media should be used for social change, and a quarter are highly knowledgable about politics. Yet only 12% would definitely vote in a general election. Why are they so disillusioned? And is engaging via social media the answer?

  • Article image The rise of the celebrity 'expert'

    Authority is slipping away from 'traditional' experts – and into the hands of celebrities. But is 'standing out' from a sea of products as simple as putting a famous face on a brand?

  • Article image PopSci: a healthier information diet

    In a hyperconnected world, the ability to communicate with society at large has been democratised. But how can so much noise be filtered without impeding on freedom of speech?