Empowering Nordic Fact-Checking with Social Data in the 2024 EP Elections

Grantee: The Association TJEKDET - National portal for combating fake news / Partners: Analyse & Tal F.m.b.a (Denmark) / Grant: € 149,714.00
  • Priority Area Multidisciplinary Investigations on Disinformation in Europe
  • Year 2024
  • Country Denmark
  • Project Status Ongoing

In the face of escalating disinformation threats during the 2024 European Parliament elections, our project introduces a pioneering Nordic Collaboration Model on Disinformation. Inherent in this model are automated, algorithmic tools that facilitate the rapid detection and analysis of disinformation on social media platforms within Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. These tools help fact-checkers counter disinformation in an unprecedented way, as the incorporation of social data will boost manual fact checking practice cross-countries. This initiative leverages the expertise of Danish, Swedish, and Finnish partners in fact-checking and digital content monitoring to combat the spread of false information, particularly from Russian sources amid the Ukraine conflict including the NATO expansion and the energy crisis, as well as immigration issues. Utilizing advanced, multilingual algorithmic tools, we aim to swiftly detect and analyze disinformation on social media platforms across Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Our focus is on critical case topics prone to disinformation, with continuous monitoring before, during, and after the elections to enable a rapid, evidence-based response. The project is a collaborative effort between TjekDet, Analyse & Tal, Common Consultancy, Källkritikbyrån, and Faktabaari, combining the strengths of fact-checkers, OSINT analysts, and data specialists. Our agile approach ensures effective outcomes, with the goal of enhancing the evidence base for disinformation, raising awareness through editorial content, and proposing a robust Nordic model for cross-border fact-checking collaboration. We aspire to set a new standard in disinformation detection and debunking, integrating algorithmic tools, OSINT, and investigative journalism to bolster public media literacy and inspire similar initiatives across Europe. The project is finalized with a post-election analysis of tendencies and narratives. 

Updated on 23 april 2024

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