Check the Facts - Australian Associated Press

Misinformation is pervasive and can be difficult to spot. However, building the skills to recognise reliable information doesn't have to be complicated. With the support of Facebook, AAP FactCheck has borrowed from the basics of professional factchecking to create Check The Facts, a campaign designed to help you sort the facts from the fakes.

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FALSE: COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility

Memes may seem harmless but they can have serious real-world consequences, like this baseless claim about COVID-19 vaccines causing infertility. Watch our video to learn how to protect yourself from misinformation.

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FALSE: Drinking Beer prevents cancer

Misinformation can crop up anywhere, anytime. This real-world example of false content is quickly shut down in our backyard BBQ scenario, using three simple questions. Watch our video to learn more.

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FALSE: Scientists discover winged spider

Spiders are scary enough without the false claims they can fly. Asking simple questions about the information you see and hear can shut down misinformation. Watch our video and be part of the solution.

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How We Check the Facts

AAP FactCheck arose in response to the rise of misinformation and in recognition of the real-world dangers it can pose. We reveal our processes and share ways you can Check The Facts.

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What is misinformation and how can media literacy combat it?

Deciding what information to trust can be a complicated task. Associate Professor Tanya Notley and Doctor T.J. Thomson, experts in media literacy, unpack how critical thinking can help.

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How do you know what information sources to trust?

Professional fact-checkers often begin their process by asking three basic questions. You can use this same approach to help make decisions about who, or what, information you can trust.

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How do you fact-check an image?

Photographs can provide an engaging and seemingly concrete account of events. However, being too trusting of pictures can make us vulnerable to visual misinformation. We examine ways photographs can mislead and deceive, and how to avoid being tricked.

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Fact-checking helps keep our society and democracy safe

AAP has always been committed to fact-based journalism, but we have also been actively combating misinformation in Australia. Now we are inviting all Australians to join us as everyday fact-checkers.

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