Foreign Influence? Soros & Co. Drop $500k On UK ‘Fact Check’ Org

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

5 Jul 2017

UK fact-checking group Full Fact has been given a large cash injection by the Open Society Foundations, and Omidyar Network to produce two new tools to counter what it calls “misinformation”.

Full Fact announced the $500,000 (£386,000) donation on Thursday, explaining that the money is to build and launch ‘Live’ and ‘Trends’, automated tools which the charity hopes will make their ‘fact-checking’ findings much more influential.

Live is based on the premise that “people, especially politicians” tend to repeat themselves, according to Full Fact communications manager Mevan Babakar, and will monitor real-time sources such as live TV subtitles.

Connected to the charity’s database, Live would be able to flag instances when a claim that has been checked is repeated, connecting to Full Fact’s most recent article.

“Journalists would have that transcript in real time and they would be able to say, for example, ‘I can see here that you’ve said poverty is down, but actually there are two measures of poverty – one is going up and one is going down, so why did you choose to pick that one?’”, explained Babakar.

Trends will document each time an incorrect claim is made, and by whom, so that fact-checkers can track where misleading claims are coming from.

Full Fact said that both tools will be available in newsrooms by the end of this year, and launched to journalists and fact-checkers across the globe in 2018.

“Modern technology allows misleading claims to be spread at a faster rate than ever before,” said Will Moy, director of Full Fact.

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