First Draft is in the process of expanding CrossCheck, a global network of reporters and researchers that collaboratively investigates online content during elections and beyond. In the US, France, Brazil, Nigeria, Spain, Australia and the EU, CrossCheck has shown that competing newsrooms can work together for more effective, efficient and responsible reporting.
As part of this expansion, and in anticipation of a possible general election, First Draft has set up a dedicated workspace for CrossCheck in the UK. We are providing alerts, facilitating collaborative reporting and investigating suspicious online content and behaviour that may cause harm.
CrossCheck applies the monitoring, newsgathering and verification techniques that have made First Draft a leader in the field of tackling disinformation. The project’s editorial output is committed to providing context and analysis to newsworthy information with transparent, responsible and evidence-based reporting. CrossCheck investigations inform newsrooms’ stories, and First Draft’s own reporting can be found at the bottom of this page.
CrossCheck is not a fact-checking service. We will debunk obvious falsehoods and present evidence around disputed online material, but CrossCheck is dedicated to the stories and context behind disinformation rather than labelling individual pieces as true or false.
News organisations are free to publish their own stories around findings from CrossCheck investigations. We ask that authors include a line in their reporting that credits CrossCheck and any work contributed by others.
If you are a journalist in the UK and want to participate in CrossCheck, get in touch.
We want to include the voices and expertise of a wide range of journalists from across the country to provide the best possible insights as the UK faces a possible general election. Voters will have to navigate a multitude of competing claims about what and who can be trusted. The more skills and resources we can bring together, the more efficient and effective our reporting will be.
If you want to join CrossCheck but you’re not in the UK, we still want to hear from you. You can nominate yourself to join the wider network which we are in the process of expanding to more countries in the coming months.
Conservative Felicity Buchan, who is standing in the hotly-contested seat of Kensington, shared the false claim targeting the Lib Dem leader.
The people behind City Action and Capitalist Worker registered as non-party campaigners to advertise in the UK's general election.
First Draft examined the tactics used by the political campaigning group, whose interaction rate outstrips all other Facebook Pages posting about Brexit.
A prospective parliamentary candidate found himself at the centre of a frenzy caused by a fake —but strikingly similar — account on Monday.
Separate incidents surrounding events at Leeds General Infirmary sent social media into a tailspin — but neither was true, writes researcher Marc Owen Jones.
First Draft examined the tactics used to spread disinformation about two leading black MPs.
From soft colour palettes to macho slogans, First Draft research has uncovered a range of strategies in the snap general election.
First Draft’s investigations included deception from the Conservative Party, Momentum claiming BBC bias, and campaign literature masquerading as local papers.
From local hospitals to a wind farm and schools, some parties are tackling regional issues head on, while others send the same message to targeted seats.
First Draft’s investigations included Conservative councillors, former Lib Dem candidates, Donald Trump ads and the BBC.
With less than one week to go until the December 12 vote, the amount of media manipulation and misleading information is increasing.
The 2019 UK General Election campaign could not have got off to a more predictable start for those with a concern about disinformation.
The BBC apologised for an edited clip and fake newspapers continued to roll off the political presses in week four of the election campaign.
First Draft’s collaborative CrossCheck project continued to spotlight issues of media manipulation around the country.
Online ads have become a central theme of the election, where parties can reach voters with micro-targeted messages.