When I worked at Full Fact I spearheaded our automated fact checking and AI work. This was an attempt at dramatically scaling the work of fact checkers around the world. How could we use technology that exists today to supercharge the journalists and researchers at the frontlines of the misinformation war?… Helping prevent the spread of misinformation
In the current climate of information overload the demand for fact checking is increasing. Factcheckers are often small teams that struggle to keep up with the demand. In recent years, new organisations like WikiTribune have suggested crowdsourcing as an attractive and low-cost way for fact checking to scale.
I believe there’s a role for crowdsourced fact checking, but (so far) it’s not fact checking. Here’s my take.