News orgs, universities launch 2019 elections fact-checking site

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 11 2019 05:36 PM

Representatives of various news organizations and the academe pose for a group photo after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of TSEK.PH with members of the academe at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, February 11, 2019. TSEK.PH is a collaborative fact-checking project to combat fake news and other forms of disinformation in the run‐up to the May 2019 elections. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Several news organizations and universities have teamed up for a fact-checking website in the run-up to the May 13 midterm elections.

"Tsek.ph," launched at the University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday, aims to "counter disinformation and provide the public with verified information."

"Sa dami ng fake news, false information, kailangan ng ating mamamayan ng ganitong tulong," said ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Regina Reyes.

(With the proliferation of fake news and false information, Filipinos need this kind of help.)

Other news organizations involved in the project are Baguio Midland Courier, Central Luzon TV 36, Interaksyon, Mindanews, The Philippine Star, Philstar.com, Probe Productions, Rappler, VERA Files, and UP's radio station DZUP.

The academe is represented by the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University-Manila, and UP.

According to its website, Tsek.ph will fact-check the following claims in relation to the 2019 elections:

  1. Platforms and campaign promises of candidates;
  2. Election-related statements and remarks made by candidates, personalities, government agencies, and other entities; and
  3. Election-related posts on social media, blogs and other platforms.

-with a report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News

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