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Meedan software supported Agence-France Presse
Meedan software supported Agence-France Presse

Misinformation about the election targeted the candidates, as well as the country’s broader voting system and hot button issues like migration and the war in Ukraine, according to news reports. Meedan worked with AFP’s fact-checking unit to build infrastructure across multiple social media platforms to monitor and debunk false and misleading claims surrounding the race.

The global news service used Meedan’s Check software to bring in claims from Facebook Messenger, Twitter and WhatsApp, debunk them, and then send them back out to social media users. In total, the project brought in more than 2,000 conversations between social media users and AFP journalists, and led to more than 900 fact-checks published to audiences.

“Check enabled us to detect viral posts and emerging controversies around the French presidential election and the candidates’ campaigns, while improving our relations with our readers. In particular, some followers have been questioning the legality of the electoral process, for instance around the vote counting,” said AFP journalist Julien Nguyen-Dang.

Meedan works with AFP on elections in five markets: Brazil, India, France, Germany and Mexico.

This model is part of a broader 2022 election monitoring vertical within Meedan. Our team is collaborating with leading newsrooms, fact-checkers, civil society organizations, and governmental organizations to build supportive infrastructure and programming to improve the integrity of elections around the world. In the Philippines, we’re currently working with award-winning news outlet Rappler to organize more than 120 partners in the #FactsFirstPH consortium ahead of the May 2022 elections.

If you’re a newsroom and you want to talk about election monitoring software, email us at hello@meedan.com for more information.

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