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EFCSN announces Fact-Checking Database Project for European Elections

By 21/03/2024No Comments3 min read

The European Fact-Checking Standards Network (EFCSN) announced the launch of the Elections24Check project wherein the EFCSN will work with a coalition of over 40 fact-checking organisations across Europe to create a comprehensive fact-checking database for the 2024 European Parliament Elections, supported by Google.

This first-of-its-kind open database collects and categorises political fact-checks, disinformation debunks, prebunking articles, and narrative reports on transcontinental trends reported on members of the fact-checking coalition. Participating organisations span across almost all EU countries and languages.

The database emphasises checks on claims made related to the 2024 European Parliamentary Elections. Users can search and filter for articles in different languages, relating to specific countries and political parties, and pertaining to certain topics, such as climate change and security and defence. The goal is to increase cross-country collaboration and act as a resource for European citizens ahead of the vote in June.

As part of the project, statistical information about disinformation trends during the election will become available as organisations input their data, and researchers will have the ability to request access to a full dataset.

Contributing fact-checking organisations have made commitments to transparency, non-partisanship and journalistic excellence, focused on serving the public interest as established in the European Code of Standards for Independent Fact Checking Organisations.

Chair of the EFCSN Carlos Hernández-Echevarría said, “Elections24Check will offer an early detection system of online misinformation for the entire continent. Participating fact-checking organisations not only cover the EU but also the wider community of neighbouring European countries as well. This is important because misinformation travels widely across borders”.

Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Europe at Google, Annette Kroeber-Riel, added, “We are proud to support the work of fact checking organisations across Europe at a crucial time, as election misinformation can travel across borders and risk undermining democratic processes. This initiative led by the EFCSN and its 40+ member organisations will support quality information for voters, and pave the way for election coalitions in the future”.

Elections24Check is a joint project of the European Fact-Checking Standards Network and its participating member organisations, supported by Google.Access the database at Read more about the EFCSN on our website. Follow the EFCSN on X, Threads, and LinkedIn for regular updates on this project.