Meta Launches New Fact Checking Mentorship Program to Reduce the Impacts of Misinformation Online

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A new article on Social Media Today reports that Facebook's parent company Meta has launched a new initiative designed to combat the spread of misinformation online, with a new fact-checking mentorship program, developed in partnership with the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking, to help fact-checking organizations scale their efforts, and increase their impact.

"Meta, in partnership with the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), is pleased to announce the launch of a global mentorship program to help fact-checkers scale their fact-checking efforts and increase their capacity to detect and debunk misinformation online.

Reducing the spread of misinformation is a challenge that no single organization can tackle alone. Strong partnerships with subject matter experts and sharing information on best practices plays a big role in effectively addressing misinformation. That's why, as part of this global mentorship program, the nonpartisan IFCN will select up to 6 experts from the fact-checking industry to serve as mentors for up to 30 organizations in Meta's third-party fact-checking program.

Meta will award a total of $450,000, to be administered by IFCN, for selected mentors to develop a mentorship curriculum for the mentee organizations. Mentor applicants must clearly define their mentorship topic, demonstrate expertise in the subject and define the intended audience for their curriculum. Mentorship topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Detecting misinformation on social media. How to use monitoring tools and sourcing tips to identify potential misinformation.
  • Communicating fact checks with innovative formats. How to use videos, podcasts, memes and other unique formats to communicate fact-checks to a wider audience.
  • Industry collaboration. How to effectively partner with other fact-checking organizations and publishers, particularly during breaking news events, to better address misinformation.
  • Media literacy. How to start media literacy campaigns and other initiatives to help local communities spot misinformation.
  • Training and operations. How to build effective training programs and operational tactics to help fact-checking organizations better address misinformation.
  • Health and science misinformation. How to approach scientific claims and create a system to increase an organization's capacity to debunk health misinformation.

The mentorship program will involve training sessions for mentees and regular office hours with mentors to provide individual feedback and support to mentee organizations. Mentors will also publish a written report on the impact of their training, including best practices for the broader fact-checking community."
Meta says that the application period for the program runs from November 2 through December 3 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Selected mentors will be announced in January 2022. The application for mentees will also open in January 2022, and IFCN's selected mentee organizations will be announced in February.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM2Pat
    without mentioning any of those sites by name...but anytime I see some of those names, misinformation, misinterpretation, overblown weaponized rhetoric is not far behind.
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