$800,000 available to help fact checkers tackle misinformation on WhatsApp

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 7, 2022) Poynter Institute International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will partner with Meta to distribute $800,000 in grants to verified fact-checking organizations working to combat false and misleading information on WhatsApp.

“More than 2 billion people around the world rely on WhatsApp to connect with friends and family, stay up to date on world events and share information,” said Ferdi Özsoy, program manager at IFCN. “With support from WhatsApp, the Spread the Facts grant program will provide verified fact-checking organizations with resources to defuse the harms of viral misinformation and improve the quality of public debate.”

All applicants must be IFCN signatories Code of Principles. Fact-checking organizations and consortia looking to establish a presence or increase fact-checking capacity on WhatsApp Business are eligible to receive $25,000. Verified signers with existing WhatsApp API operations can receive $50,000.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate their ability to increase the distribution and promotion of fact checks to reach new audiences; increase the scale, efficiency or workflow of fact-checking; deploy new solutions and tools to fight misinformation; or facilitate fact-checking collaboration between newsrooms through technology.

The winners will be selected by a six-member committee made up of experts and educators in journalism, mass communications and media studies from around the world.

Grantees will have the opportunity to share their work with the global fact-checking community in 2023 at Global Fact 10, IFCN’s premier fact-checking summit that brings together creators, consumers and champions of factual reporting from over 60 different countries.

Applicants must submit their proposal by May 13, 2022. Grant recipients will be notified when World fact 9June 22-25, 2022. Click here to learn more about the Spread the Facts grant program and apply. For more information, visit poynter.org/ifcn.

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