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Statement on The Guardian story of Dec. 13, 2018, about fact-checking and Facebook

A recent story in the Guardian claimed that Facebook pushed reporters to prioritize the debunking of misinformation that affected Facebook advertisers.

That has never happened in our experience. As with all our work, we decide what to fact-check and arrive at our conclusions without input from Facebook or any third party. Any claim suggesting otherwise is misinformed and baseless.

We ...

Guest column: Judging President Donald Trump 'literally'

Editor's note: Jason Altmire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In this critique, Altmire is writing about a fact-check of a claim made by President Donald Trump about private-sector space programs, which you can read here ...

Guest column: Tax law fact-check previews midterms messaging

Editor's note: David Jolly is PolitiFact's Republican guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Florida's 13th congressional district from 2014-17. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In this critique, Jolly is writing about a PolitiFact New York fact-check of a claim made by Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., which you can read here ...

Guest column: Trump uses falsehood to make policy case for arming school staff

Editor's note: David Jolly is PolitiFact's Republican guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Florida's 13th congressional district from 2014-17. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In this critique, Jolly is writing about a fact-check of a claim made by President Donald Trump about the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, which you can read ...

Guest column: What to do when facts don't tell the entire story

Editor's note: Jason Altmire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In this critique, Altmire is writing about a fact-check of a claim made by Texas state Rep. Jason Isaac, which you can read here. His post ...

Guest column: Fact-check on increase of mass shootings shows difficulty of parsing statistics

Editor's note: David Jolly is PolitiFact's Republican guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Florida's 13th congressional district from 2014-17. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In his first critique, Jolly is writing about a fact-check of a claim about an assault weapons ban made by Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, which you can read ...

PolitiFact is hiring a 1 year audience engagement fellow

PolitiFact is looking for an energetic evangelist for the truth to help build our online audience by reaching new people in new places. PolitiFact spent much of 2017 expanding outside the beltway and beyond the eastern time zone to help voters across America separate fact from fiction.

In 2018, we want to double down on that mission -- to grow readership ...

PolitiFact is hiring a fact-checker to focus on media pundits

PolitiFact is hiring a fact-checker to scrutinize television and radio personalities, media columnists and popular Internet bloggers. We’re looking for a digitally savvy, details-first truth seeker with a thick skin who can be an independent voice for our readers and American voters.

The job is to lead our PunditFact project, which launched in 2013 to hold pundits and members of ...

Guest column: Half-truths and the difficulty of fact-checking statistics

Editor's note: Jason Altimire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Read more about the guest columnist position here.

In his first critique, Altmire is writing about a fact-check of a claim made by Rep. Markwayne Mullin, which you can read here. His post has ...

PolitiFact names Democrat, Republican guest columnists

We’ve committed ourselves for the past year to a series of experiments to try and improve trust and credibility in fact-checking.

We’ve fanned out to new states and met with voters, and launched new fact-checking partnerships in Oklahoma, Alabama and West Virginia. We developed a new app, PolitiTruth, that tests people’s knowledge of the facts.  

As part of that ...

PolitiFact Ohio back for 2018!

We’re excited to announce that starting today, PolitiFact Ohio is back in business. (Sorry, Ohio politicians.)

We’ll be fact-checking the key races in the state, including the open contest to replace Gov. John Kasich and the U.S. Senate election. Our first fact-check is a claim by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican running for lieutenant governor.

Husted ...

Careful, Alabama politicians: The Truth-O-Meter is listening

PolitiFact is collaborating with AL.com journalists to bring its Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking services to Alabama, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation.

PolitiFact applied for the grant in the wake of the 2017 presidential campaign, seeking to understand what audiences in primarily "red" cities thought of the state of objective news reporting, following the high-profile proliferation of "fake ...

PolitiFact contest rules

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POLITIFACT.COM ONLINE SURVEY DRAWING


Promotion runs from July 17, 2018, at 12:15 AM ET and ends on July 27, 2018 at 11:45 PM ET. Entry into the Contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditions. 

ELIGIBILITY:  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  ...

PolitiFact’s policy on political activity and our staff

At PolitiFact, our credibility rests on our ability to present the true facts, unaffected by any agenda or biases. As part of that effort, we avoid the public expression of political opinion and public involvement in the political process.

PolitiFact staffers don’t sign online petitions or post candidate yard signs. We don’t participate in political marches. We don’t make political ...

PolitiFact now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network

As part of our ongoing efforts to champion the values of accuracy, transparency and fairness, PolitiFact is now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

The principles are aimed at defining common attributes for excellence in fact-checking around the world.

Here are the network’s five principles and a brief explanation of how PolitiFact adheres to each ...