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International Fact-Checking Day

Don't fall for fake news - join us in celebrating International Fact-Checking Day by spreading accurate information and promoting media literacy!
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April 2
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Get ready to celebrate the importance of truth and accuracy on International Fact-Checking Day on April 2! This day was first created in 2017 by the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school, to promote fact-checking and combat the spread of misinformation. In today's world where information is easily accessible, it's important to verify the facts before sharing them with others. So let's take this day as an opportunity to appreciate those who work tirelessly to ensure that our news and information is accurate and reliable. Remember, knowledge is power – especially when it's based on facts!

History of International Fact-Checking Day

International Fact-Checking Day Dates

International Fact-Checking Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Fact-checking Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Initiated by The Poynter Institute, the first International Fact-Checking Day was commemorated.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Numerous schools and colleges across the globe showed active participation in celebrating the day promoting information verification.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Relevance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The need for fact-checking became vital with rising instances of misinformation and fake news globally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fact Checking during COVID-19</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fact-checkers worldwide played a crucial role in busting myths and fake news related to COVID-19 pandemic.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Fact 8</div><div class='timeline-text'>Poynter hosted Global Fact 8, the largest global gathering of fact-checkers, in celebration of International Fact Checking Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Fact-Checking Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share fact-checked articles on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread awareness about the importance of fact-checking by sharing verified and accurate articles on social media. Use relevant hashtags like #InternationalFactCheckingDay to join the conversation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a workshop or seminar on fact-checking</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for local events or online workshops that focus on teaching the skills of fact-checking. This is a great way to educate yourself and others on how to verify information and combat misinformation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a trivia night with fact-checked questions</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family for a fun trivia night, but with a twist - all the questions are fact-checked! This is a unique and entertaining way to celebrate International Fact-Checking Day while also promoting the importance of verifying information.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a fact-checking game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Design a game that tests your fact-checking skills. This could be a digital game or a physical board game to play with friends and family. Not only is it a fun way to celebrate the day, but it also helps improve critical thinking and media literacy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Start a fact-checking initiative in your community</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use International Fact-Checking Day as an opportunity to start a fact-checking initiative in your community. This could involve organizing workshops, partnering with local organizations, or creating educational materials to promote fact-checking and combat misinformation in your area.</p></div></div>

Why International Fact-Checking Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes truth and accuracy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Fact-Checking Day brings attention to the importance of verifying information before spreading it. In a world where misinformation spreads quickly through social media, fact-checking helps ensure that only accurate and true information is shared.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Protects individuals from harmful false information</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Without fact-checking, individuals can be subject to believing false information that can be harmful to themselves or others. International Fact-Checking Day promotes taking responsibility for our consumption of news and information and encourages us to verify its accuracy before sharing it with others.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Holds media and governments accountable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Fact-checking serves as a tool to hold media outlets and government officials accountable for their statements and actions. By promoting fact-checking on an international level, we are encouraging transparency and integrity in the dissemination of information by those in positions of power.</p></div></div>

Unmasking 5 Truths of International Fact-Checking Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fact-checking builds critical thinking skills</h3><p class='facts-content'>Fact-checking encourages individuals to think critically about the information they consume, helping to create more discerning readers and listeners who are less likely to fall for fake news or misinformation.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) was launched in 2015</h3><p class='facts-content'>The IFCN, launched by the Poynter Institute, serves as a forum for fact-checkers worldwide. It promotes best practices and exchanges insights, paving the way for the recognition of International Fact-Checking Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>More than 100 active fact-checking organizations exist globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are active fact-checking units in more than 45 countries around the world, including well-known entities such as PolitiFact,, and BBC Reality Check, to name a few.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not all information can be fact-checked</h3><p class='facts-content'>While fact-checking is indispensable, not all kinds of information can be checked. Fact-checkers typically focus on factual claims that can be verified, not on opinions or predictions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fact-checking increases trust in journalism</h3><p class='facts-content'>Fact-checking serves to increase public confidence in the media. By holding journalists to high standards, it ensures that they provide accurate and reliable information to the public.</p></div></div>

International Fact-Checking Day FAQs

When is International Fact-Checking Day?

International Fact-Checking Day is celebrated on April 2 every year. In 2024 International Fact-Checking Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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