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“Euromyths” have always abounded, but Twitter, the 24-hour news cycle and the complexity of the European project have made it even easier for misleading claims – by Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike – to spread like wildfire. The Euromyth Detector wants to help separate fact from fiction.
Brussels, Belgium, Milan, Italy, London, UK
FactCheckEU’s Euromyth Detector adds two ingredients to current coverage of the EU.
The first is a focus on the most broadly shared EU-related news. By concentrating on issues citizens have shared widely, we will be acknowledging the tangible Europe that is part of ordinary citizens' everyday life and not just the alphabet soup constructed by policy-makers.
The second is the creation of a user-friendly tool which will give readers direct access to primary sources to form their opinions based on recorded reality and not prejudice.
We believe our idea is highly transferable to the national settings our partners operate in and would be happy to support other organizations in taking advantage of the software we develop.
The political scenario in Europe in 2016 may be dramatically different following elections in Spain and the UK as well as the ultimate solution found (or not found) to the Greek crisis. The future of Europe and of individual countries’ path within Europe will the object of serious contention.
In this context, the “Euromyth Detector” has neither the presumption nor the aspiration of changing politics but of accompanying these and other debates across Europe as a sort of referee. We wouldn’t score the goals for one side or the other but show when one team has gone offside. By concentrating on widely broadcasted claims, we would ensure that our efforts are concentrated on the issues that are central to citizen’s decision-making and not just to the “Brussels bubble”’s dialectic.
The advantage of basing the Euromyth Detector on an existing project is that it can be rapidly deployed and build on an existing platform and readership.
Day 1: a new section will be opened on FactCheckEU.org to aggregate images, memes, tweets and media titles that users want to fact-check
Month 1: Test-run for the period a preferably FOSS application that allows us to monitor the most shared tweets, articles and images on Europe that can be fact-checked
Month 1-3: Expand the coalition of fact-checking organizations that can support our work (currently including Italy’s Pagella Politica and the Demagog franchise in Czech Rep., Poland and Slovakia) to fact-checkers in other Member States
Month 4-12: run the “Euromyth Detector" and ensure broad diffusion of its fact-checks
Funding requested from Advocate Europe