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?

Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Título de la publicación alojadaMarketing and Smart Technologies - Proceedings of ICMarkTech 2020
EditoresÁlvaro Rocha, Marc K. Peter, Sandra Loureiro, José Luís Reis, Ricardo Cayolla, Zorica Bogdanovic
EditorialSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Número de páginas12
ISBN (versión impresa)9789813341821
EstadoPublicada - 2021
EventoInternational Conference on Marketing and Technologies, ICMarkTech 2020 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duración: oct 8 2020oct 10 2020

Serie de la publicación

NombreSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (versión impresa)2190-3018
ISSN (versión digital)2190-3026


ConferenciaInternational Conference on Marketing and Technologies, ICMarkTech 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Teoría de la decisión (todo)
  • Informática (todo)

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