Accountability Journalism During the Emergence of COVID-19: Evaluation of Transparency in Official Fact-Checking Platforms

Angel Torres-Toukoumidis, Nieves Lagares-Díez, Daniel Barredo-Ibáñez

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The emergence of COVID-19 has permeated the field of communication producing a silent crisis related to the production and dissemination of news. In this context, the platforms for the verification of facts and data, also called fact-checking, have been constituted as a solution to the misinformation generated by the pandemic, deriving a halo of transparency and veracity that is called into question in this research. These platforms have been evaluated by the first specific objective based on six dimensions: acquisition, information, verification, presentation, interaction and dissemination, and are subsequently examined according to their link to the news about coronavirus. To achieve these objectives, 72 fact-checking platforms supported by the International Fact-Checking Network were analysed. In these platforms, 936 data were obtained, driven by the indicators of each dimension, which showed an increasing trend in acquisition (88%), information (91%), verification (85%), presentation (77%) and dissemination (92%), but with limitations regarding the interaction (47%) of the verified information that moves them away from the transversal notion of digital interfaces. Likewise, concerning the situation produced by COVID-19, the lack of a different civic co-responsibility agreement, beyond the one used for the coverage of other news, is noted at a general level. In short, the following situation is presented for future research: fact-checking, entertainment in exchange for donations or democratic commitment?

Translated title of the contributionPeriodismo de rendición de cuentas durante la emergencia del COVID-19: Evaluación de la transparencia en las plataformas oficiales de verificación de datos
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMarketing and Smart Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ICMarkTech 2020
EditorsÁlvaro Rocha, Marc K. Peter, Sandra Loureiro, José Luís Reis, Ricardo Cayolla, Zorica Bogdanovic
Place of PublicationSingapur
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789813341821
StatePublished - Feb 2021
EventInternational Conference on Marketing and Technologies, ICMarkTech 2020 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Oct 8 2020Oct 10 2020

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


ConferenceInternational Conference on Marketing and Technologies, ICMarkTech 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Computer Science
  • Communication


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