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 news director Michele Leridon said media rivalry needed to be put to one side.
“The core values of our profession are under attack,”…