Factchequeado puts the false narratives of Latin American communities on the mainstream map

Disinformation content and channels vary widely depending on the language in which they are broadcast. In Hispanic communities in the United States, fake news tends to spread primarily on WhatsApp because that’s where Spanish-speaking audiences consume their news, says Clara Jiménez-Cruz, CEO of Maldita.es and co-organizer of factcheckadoa new initiative to combat misinformation in Spanish in the United States

Cruz first noticed this in 2019, when she noticed an influx of misinformation in Spain spreading via WhatsApp and coming from the Latin community in the United States. That’s when she contacted Laura Zommer, the Argentine editor of Chequeado, the first major fact-checking organization in South America. But a particularly charged presidential election and ensuing global pandemic postponed their partnership until recently.

“We imagine the project can give the general idea to researchers, Big Techs and public policy makers, that misinformation is not necessarily the same in different languages,” Cruz said.

Chequeado has also studied the flow of Spanish-language misinformation from the United States to Latin America. In one investigation on how fake content in the United States reaches Latin America, Chequeado details the export of American disinformation about COVID-19 which then impacted countries like Mexico, Spain and the Republic Dominican.

“Our aim is to partner in some way with well-known English heritage and fact-checkers…to raise awareness of issues that local media might cover,” Zommer said.

They also set up a small newsroom, headed by Natalia Guerrero, journalist and Nieman Fellow. For Factchequeado, it is fundamental to create verified content in Spanish, aimed at underserved communities in order to limit the impact of misinformation and disinformation, and it aims to do this through a network of small and large collaborators.

“We are building alliances and a model of collaborative journalists, across hyper-local media to mainstream media to distribute our verified content,” Guerrero told Factually. “Because there is content that only goes viral in small communities that you never hear about. We want to be able to know what’s out there, and we can do that through these collaborations.

factcheckado will launch tomorrow in Austin, Texas at the 2022 International Symposium on Online Journalism.


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  • Next week is International Fact-Checking Week! As International Fact-Checking Day falls on a Saturday this year, we have scheduled webinars throughout the week of April 4, on topics ranging from our grantmaking initiatives, the Fact-Checking Collaborative Project # UkraineFacts, to community efforts to combat harassment of fact checkers. Guests include our verified signatories at Maldita.es, VoxUkraine, Verify Sy, Ghana Fact, Vera Files, Science Feedback, Jagran New Media, Vishvas, EFE Verifica and Liputan6. Learn more about https://factcheckingday.com/

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