Why isn’t Fact-Checking working?

Join philosophers, journalists and disinformation experts in collaboratively exploring the problems facing journalistic fact-checking in effectively tackling misinformation, and in sharing ideas for how to address them.

One of the great promises of the new journalistic institution of political fact-checking was that it would serve as a check to the increasingly politically damaging effects of online misinformation.

The last few years have seen an explosion in the number of fact-checking initiatives, but an even greater growth in the pervasiveness and impact of misinformation. How can we understand this apparent failure? Are there simply still not enough facts checked? Is it possible to combat misinformation on increasingly closed social networks? Are platforms still not doing enough to police their content? Are there new technologies which could help? Or is there something more fundamental about the way fact-checking works which needs to change?

This session will bring together journalists, academics and technologists for a challenging discussion facilitated by leading experts, and will collaboratively identify a set of key recommendations to make fact-checking a more effective force for fighting misinformation.

Suggested Speaker(s)

  • Al Baker
    Senior Editor, Logically
  • Thi
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University