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Sixty seconds on . . . fact checking

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 05 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5017
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Is this about fake news?

Kind of. It is a truth universally acknowledged that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on Facebook, and now, thanks to Full Fact, an independent fact checking charity, it’s, well, a fact.

How come?

The UK charity ( has published a report on the first six months of the third party fact checking programme it’s running for Facebook.1

How does that work?

The fact checkers are given a “queue” of content by Facebook (which they can add …

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