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Google introduces 5 Fact Checking Tips and GNI Youth Verification Challenge 2022

By Kelvin Leong - on 5 Apr 2022, 10:27am

Google introduces 5 Fact Checking Tips and GNI Youth Verification Challenge 2022

#FactCheckingisEssential (Image source: IFCN@Poynter)

Have you heard of International Fact-checking Day? It is held annually on 2 April and is an annual celebration and rallying cry for more truth in public health, journalism, and everyday life. International Fact-Checking Day is promoted by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) in partnership with fact-checking organizations around the world. IFCN believes that professional fact-checkers should not be the only ones debunking false information and a healthy information ecosystem requires everyone to do their part in elevating facts.

According to Google Trends, the term “fact-checking" rose by 100% in Singapore between 2019-2020 and peaked around May 2020 which indicates an increasing interest in fact-checking with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rising amount of information online, it is more important than ever that proactive steps are taken against misinformation such as evaluating source credibility, and providing fact-checking resources by asking key questions to determine if the news can be trusted.


Fact Checking Tips

For this year’s International Fact-checking Day, Google has put together 5 fact-checking tips in this video to help users protect themselves from falsehoods:

  1. What is the source?
    - Where did the article, photo or video come from? Do not share if you cannot verify the original source.
  2. Can I trust this source?
    - Double check to see that news organisations and official sources are reporting the same thing.
  3. Who is the “expert”?
    - Verify that the person or organisation is an authority on the topic.
  4. Is it telling me to do something (like, share, subscribe, buy?)
    - Dramatic “unreported” stories can be a scheme for monetary gain.
  5. Is it shocking, or trying to drum up fear or hate?
    - Proceed with caution. It might mean content is misleading or inaccurate.

Everyone should remember that they are responsible for the information they pass on. So the next time you read an article or news report, ask yourself these 5 questions to protect yourself from falsehoods.


Google News Initiative (GNI) Youth Verification Challenge 2022

Google is also bringing youths up to speed on tackling misinformation with the return of the Google News Initiative (GNI) Youth Verification Challenge 2022 for those between 15 to 24 years old. You can sign up to sharpen your fact-checking skills through tutorials and quizzes, and put your skills to the test with live fact-checking battles against others. Registration for the GNI Youth Verification Challenge 2022 is now open here.

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