“[Full Fact has] made us all think a little bit harder.” Oliver Wright, The Times
At a glance…
Over the next three years, Full Fact will:
- Find, expose, and stop the spread of specific unsubstantiated claims
- Find, expose, and counter specific causes of bad information
- Make decision-makers who influence other people's exposure to bad information feel more scrutinised and more accountable for their choices
- Get more members of the public to believe that taking action against bad information can be effective
- Secure Full Fact’s lasting independence.
“No longer can pressure groups, politicians or journalists get away with erroneous declarations.” Royal Statistical Society's Statslife magazine
For more information about this project please visit their website: fullfact.org
All around us, people are exploiting information for political or financial gain, or hurting other people by being careless about the facts they spread. Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people's health, and hurts democracy. Currently, people who choose to misuse information have an easy time of it.
Full Fact are a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who are fighting back against bad information, by finding, exposing and countering the harm it does. It is not one an insoluble problem. Fact checking specific claims every day shows it for what it really is: many different problems, many of which we can solve or improve. There are pinch points in the flow of information, moments when changing a few people's minds, an algorithm, or a system can help better information serve millions. Fact checking helps find them.
“…..a beacon of accuracy and meticulousness in a world where half-truths and unsubstantiated assertions are all too common.” Chris Berthoud, Head of Digital Impact, BBC News
Support from the Mohn Westlake Foundation is helping Full Fact to continue their work, fact checking the claims that are likely to cause most harm, and will provide the funds needed to increase the reach and impact of their fact checks.
Full Fact want their users to feel able to make confident choices on what information to trust, to know how to seek answers for themselves and to hold their elected officials to account.
Our grant will aid Full Fact in their plans to invest in building a network of engaged users over the coming years.
“”Without the confidence provided by Full Fact’s analysis ITV News would not have been able to broadcast our investigation.” Ed Campbell, Senior News Editor, ITV News
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