International media unite against fake news

AFP’s global news director Michele Leridon said media rivalry needed to be put to one side, because “The core values of our profession are under attack,” she said

A group of 37 French and international media outlets, supported by Google, on Tuesday launched “CrossCheck”, a joint fact-checking platform aimed at detecting fake information which could affect the French presidential election.


The new venture includes Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French dailies Le Monde and Liberation as well as Britain’s BBC News and Channel 4 and US financial outlet Bloomberg. The project is being run in collaboration with Google and the non-profit First Draft News.

AFP’s global director Michele Leridon said media rivalry needed to be put to one side.

“The core values of our profession are under attack,”…

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