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Scale up your fact-checking

Engage your audience where they are, automate the collection and triage of claims, and scale your response.

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We’ve been running a tipline for two years, and this is the tool we have been waiting for. One that can make the newsroom process of finding misinformation more efficient and automate the responses. Jency Jacob Jency Jacob Editor, BOOM

Hybrid human and machine system

Bots and algorithms take care of the most repetitive tasks, helping journalists focus on high-level editorial work.

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Since October 2019, Meedan has run a global fact-checking project using the WhatsApp Business API in 5 countries and 4 languages. The groundbreaking study is based on nearly 5,700 fact-checks across India, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria and was made possible with support from WhatsApp and Facebook.

Customize every step of your workflow

01 Deploy multilingual bots in minutes Create conversational bots across multiple languages and tailor content to your audience.
Deploy multilingual bots in minutes
02 Publish fact-checks at the speed of social media Publish engaging, rich reports that can be shared and forwarded with URLs back to the newsrooms’ web sites and content.
Publish fact-checks at the speed of social media
03 Cut through the noise and prioritize Create lists to automatically categorize inbound requests based on editorial preferences and access all stages of the fact-checking pipeline in seconds.
Cut through the noise and prioritize
Africa Check operates a tipline across three countries. The Check workflow allows fact-checkers across all our teams to collaborate and follow the same methodology. Kate Wilkinson Kate Wilkinson Deputy Chief Editor,
Africa Check

Check has supported some of the largest collaborative reporting initiatives on the internet

During the 2016 presidential election in the United States, Check supported Electionland, a national reporting effort covering voting problems during the 2016 election. A coalition of organizations – including ProPublica, Google News Lab, the USA TODAY NETWORK, Univision News, First Draft, WNYC, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York – worked together to track the voter experience across the country in real time.

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Elections

Journalists, academics and fact-checkers use Check for collaborative reporting on elections. We help these users verify incoming content in real-time.

The Verificado 2018 newsroom, developed by Pop Up Newsroom, AJ+ and Animal Politico. Photo by Fergus Bell. The Verificado 2018 newsroom, developed by Pop Up Newsroom, AJ+ and Animal Politico. Photo by Fergus Bell.

Open Source
Investigations

Check allows members of the public to send content from social media and other online spaces to journalists working on investigative projects.

Translation

Check allows teams to translate content to and from multiple languages, accommodating both native scripts and common romanizations like Arabizi. The Check interface is localized in multiple languages, including Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.

Analysis

Partnering with some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, Check facilitates rigorous research into the nature and evolution of misinformation.

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Meedan dev team.
The Meedan team develops some new ideas at CredCon, hosted by the Credibility Coalition.
Photo by Steven Snow.

Are you a programmer interested in verification or fact-checking? Check is built in React and Rails, has 100% test coverage and a 4.0 GPA on Code Climate. It is open source on GitHub.


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