The Platform Expands Noticias Telemundo’s Fact-checking Efforts To Counter Spanish-language Misinformation Ahead Of The November Presidential Election
T Verifica builds on Noticias Telemundo’s collaborations with fact-checking organizations including the newly formed coalition FactChat
MIAMI – September 22, 2020 – Noticias Telemundo has launched a new fact-checking platform, T Verifica, offering daily fact checks of statements by political candidates, social media speculation and rumors and news and information to help viewers and voters navigate this year’s historic election.
"We want to ensure our audience has as many tools as possible to access the most accurate news and information,” said Gemma Garcia, Noticias Telemundo’s vice president for network and digital news. “The stakes are incredibly high in this year’s election and it is our duty to flag false and misleading claims and make it easy for our audience to determine the accuracy of information.”
As part of T Verifica, Noticias Telemundo will continuously monitor potentially false and disputed news and rumors circulating on social media. T Verifica will also include explainer stories and fact checks on the issues most critical to voters ahead of the November election.
T Verifica builds on Noticias Telemundo’s collaborations with fact-checking news organizations. Noticias Telemundo has joined FactChat, the first-ever coalition of major U.S. fact-checking organizations, to create a bilingual WhatsApp chatbot to combat misinformation during the 2020 presidential campaign. FactChat is publishing daily election-related fact checks in English and Spanish. The service is free for all WhatsApp users.
Noticias Telemundo, along with Univision Noticias, is publishing original stories in Spanish on FactChat and also translating content produced by other organizations participating in the project: PolitiFact, USA Today, The Dispatch, Lead Stories, FactCheck.org, AFP, The Washington Post Fact Checker, Check Your Fact, MediaWise and Science Feedback.
Noticias Telemundo’s overall fact-checking efforts also include a partnership with PolitiFact, the website owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Last year, Noticias Telemundo and PolitiFact teamed up to start offering fact-checking in Spanish for use both online and on TV.
The stepped-up fact-checking is part of Telemundo’s “Decision 2020” initiative, a non-partisan multiplatform news and civic engagement effort aimed at providing Latinos with comprehensive information and resources on the 2020 election. Telemundo’s dedicated landing page for DECISIÓN 2020 can be found at Telemundo.com/decision2020.
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Specialist, News Publicity