After we experienced a problem trying to file a complaint about Snopes.com with the International Fact-Checking Network, we tried to reach out to the IFCN to make sure the complaint got filed.
Author Archive: Bryan W. White
Some professional literature allowing the possibility of fetal pain, Jan. 1, 2000 through May 13, 2022
Zebra Fact Check developed this resource to supplement a critique of an May 13, 2022 fact check from Logically Fact Check. See the search parameters and results (yours may vary from ours despite the search terms matching) here. 2000: Pain and stress in the human fetus 2001: Umbilical cortisol levels as an indicator of the fetal stress response to assisted…
After finding a failed fact check at LogicallyAI, one of Meta’s “fact-checking partners,” Zebra Fact Check sent a correction request using the form provided under each LogicallyAI fact check. And after no apparent response within the promised 48 hours, we sent a second communication asking why LogicallyAI had neither responded nor fixed the flawed fact check.
AI-assisted fact checker published an inexcusably inept fact check on fetal pain Do fetuses experience pain during an abortion? Zebra Fact Check occasionally spot checks “verified” signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. Our evidence strongly suggests the IFCN so far cannot begin to deliver on its claims that it verifies compliance with its code. Also, our evidence…
Zebra Fact Check prefers transparency, but we pledged not to publish without explicit permission one email address that isn’t published to the public at the Poynter.com website.
As we have noted in past posts, Zebra Fact Check has moved to focus more on fact-checking accountability than on doing our own program of fact-checking. Of course this altered focus affords many opportunities to check facts. As it stands, there exists no entity dedicated to holding fact-checkers accountable. The International Fact-Checking Network advertises itself in that role, but that…
The title says it all, given that we’re posting a commentary article about this particular complaint.
PolitiFact rated an obviously false statement “Mostly True” with a July 24, 2023 fact check of Vice President Kamala Harris. Accordingly, we submitted a correction request pointing out some of the ways PolitiFact botched the fact check. Correction July 28, 2023: Original title was off by about 20 years on the date of the correction request. Now correctly reads 2023.