Fact-Checking

CORRECTIV.Faktencheck is an independent team within CORRECTIV focussing on fact-checking and investigations into mis- and disinformation since 2017. It is a signatory of the Code of Principles by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

Don’t Bother Asking AI About the EU Elections: How Chatbots Fail When It Comes to Politics
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Don’t Bother Asking AI About the EU Elections: How Chatbots Fail When It Comes to Politics

We asked three of the best-known AI chatbots multiple questions on the upcoming EU elections and international politics. Our experiment shows: Google Gemini, Microsoft Copilot and ChatGPT fail when it comes to answering political questions. They make false statements about candidates or fabricate sources. Depending on the language, the bots also provide very different answers.
Politicians of Germany’s far-right AfD are benefitting from a pro-Russian propaganda campaign. Here is how.
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Politicians of Germany’s far-right AfD are benefitting from a pro-Russian propaganda campaign. Here is how.

A network of fake accounts on Facebook is agitating against Ukraine and has been sharing fake pro-Russian articles and websites for months. Politicians of the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland seem to also benefit: the network ran ads to promote content by the party’s politicians.
Facebook silent as pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign rages on
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Facebook silent as pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign rages on

Despite Facebook’s supposed takedown last year, a pro-Russian disinformation campaign continues to be active on the social-media platform. It is promoting spoofed news and government websites, as well as content by politicians of Germany’s far-right AfD party.
Forged government documents and fake news sites: Russian disinformation campaign targets Germany
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Forged government documents and fake news sites: Russian disinformation campaign targets Germany

A network of fake news sites has been flooding Europe with disinformation and propaganda against Ukraine for months. Reports uncovered websites that mimicked media outlets like Bild and Spiegel. But it doesn’t stop there. Research by CORRECTIV.Faktencheck shows that the Russian campaign also entails forged government documents.
“With a few simple steps“: How RT DE circumvents the EU sanctions
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“With a few simple steps“: How RT DE circumvents the EU sanctions

In March the EU banned Russian broadcasters. Among them RT, formerly known as Russia Today. Since then, its German version RT DE has been advertising digital loopholes to work around its suspension. Above all: mirror pages, dozens of them. Why have the responsible German authorities not managed to shut them down?
“The fight is the same”: How “Unser Mitteleuropa” is building a network of right-wing media in Europe
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“The fight is the same”: How “Unser Mitteleuropa” is building a network of right-wing media in Europe

They stir up hatred against migration or spread misinformation: Media outlets from eleven European countries are cooperating to increase their influence. They are close to parties like the FPÖ, the AfD or Fratelli d’Italia. At the heart of it all: the website “Unser Mitteleuropa” (Our Central Europe) and a dead Austrian man with contacts to the right-wing extremist scene.
Monitoring Disinformation around Elections: Key Takeaways from the German Federal Elections in 2021
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Monitoring Disinformation around Elections: Key Takeaways from the German Federal Elections in 2021

This report details the knowledge that CORRECTIV.Faktencheck has gained over five years of monitoring mis- and disinformation during elections. It highlights the 2021 federal elections in Germany and the key learnings that can be drawn from it. This includes the different tasks within the team, monitored platforms, tools, and thoughts behind the chosen approach.
Reports of sexual violence in the war: Why the Ukrainian parliament dismissed Human Rights Chief Denisova
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Reports of sexual violence in the war: Why the Ukrainian parliament dismissed Human Rights Chief Denisova

The Ukrainian parliament dismissed Human Rights Chief Lyudmila Denisova amid claims that she spoke unethically about rape and sexual violence committed by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian civilians. Some German-language websites accuse her of inventing cases all together. What truth is there to these accusations?