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Media group launches fact-check network

(AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) — Fact-checking has a new global network after the media studies Poynter Institute announced plans Monday for a new body to support efforts to root out false claims from the media.

The project “will support and study the work of 64 fact-checking organizations spanning six continents,” Poynter said in a statement.

Funded by grants from the Omidyar Network of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Fact-Checking Network will be based at Poynter’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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