Today, we’re excited to announce that Facebook is supporting First Draft, a project against misinformation of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School, to launch Comprova, a collaborative program that will bring together journalists from 24 media organizations to verify news during this year’s electoral campaign in Brazil.
At Facebook we are committed to curbing the spread of bad quality content, and one way we do that is by partnering with local news organizations behind projects like Comprova. We are funding this initiative, and providing technical support and training through the Facebook Journalism Project.
Comprova will start on August 6, and will run through the October 28 runoff. The goal is to check information being spread online that might influence the election, not official claims made by candidates or campaigns. Over the next five weeks, people can sign up to the email newsletter, follow the Facebook Page, Twitter account and connect with the project on WhatsApp.
“The amount of problematic content circulating in Brazil is too much for one newsroom to handle, and there is no sense in different newsrooms duplicating efforts by investigating the same pieces of problematic content,” said Claire Wardle, Director of First Draft, a project of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
The Comprova coalition will be coordinated by the Brazilian investigative journalism association Abraji, and will be supported by the local journalism organization Projor, and by the Google News Initiative.
The news organizations that are part of Comprova include: AFP, Band News, Band TV, Canal Futura, Correio do Povo, Exame, Folha de S.Paulo, GaúchaZH, Gazeta Online, Gazeta do Povo, Jornal do Commercio, Metro Brasil, Nexo Jornal, Nova Escola, NSC Comunicação, O Estado de S.Paulo, O Povo, Poder360, Rádio Band News FM, Rádio Bandeirantes, Revista Piauí, SBT, UOL and Veja.
We are excited to join this initiative and are confident that this collaborative effort will help Brazilians make more informed decisions about the content they consume online.
Comprova is a decisive step to fight misinformation and improve the quality of the news ahead of the October vote, and adds to other initiatives like Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program launched in May in Brazil, and our digital literacy efforts.
Facebook has supported similar programs by First Draft like Cross-Check, a collaborative online verification project prior to the French election in 2017.