With the presidential election only two months away, French journalists are taking the subject of “fake news” seriously.
Fake news refers to false or inaccurate information published under the guise of objective and sourced news.
To fight against the rising tide of fake news being shared online and on social media, 37 French news organisations, from national dailies Libération and Le Monde to Agence France-Presse, launched CrossCheck on Tuesday.
CrossCheck is an online collaborative platform that will allow participating media partners to post examples of “fake news” from around the web.
Journalists will then be able to post their own articles, complete with facts disproving the false or inaccurate claims.
All redacted articles posted by journalists must be verified by at least two of the 37 media organisations involved in the project.
The roughly 250 journalists expected to participate in CrossCheck will track fake news in multiple ways.
As the project is supported by Google, …