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Fact-Checking: Is It Working?

21 March @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM BMT

The prominence of fact-checking has grown as a method to counteract the widespread sharing of unverified, misleading, and often harmful information and rhetoric online. Initially adopted by CSOs and media outlets, this practice was later embraced by social media platforms and governments, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the efficacy of “fact-checking” – as well as “prebunking” –  has come under scrutiny as organisations struggle to keep pace with the evolving information landscape and the sheer volume of online content. At the same time, funding provided to “fact check units” has drastically reduced. Meanwhile, government authorities are using “fact-check” institutions to delegitimize genuine calls for accountability. In this session, participants will engage in a discussion to determine if traditional fact-checking and new prebunk methodologies are working, or are we better off exploring alternatives that would allow CSOs to shift negative narratives arising from false and harmful rhetoric online.

The event is a part of the Digital Rights Programme, co-convened by Asia Centre and Google Asia Pacific. Asia Centre and Google Asia Pacific built “Digital Rights Programme for Civil Society Organisations” spanning for nearly a year, which started in December 2023 to engage International NGOs (INGOs) and their CSO partners that currently work on the issues facing digital rights in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme is covering a series of thematic online and onsite activities to address potential gaps that CSOs experience in collaboration when working under this programme.


  • Eric Wishart, AFP Standards and Ethics Editor
  • Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Head, Digital Services & Lead Researcher, Disinformation & Platforms, Rappler 
  • Harshana Silva, Specialist – Countering Disinformation, Hashtag Generation
  • Santi Indra Astuti, Programme Manager of Tular Nalar, MAFINDO
  • Tanka Raj Aryal, Founder and Chairperson, Digital Rights Nepal


Date: 21 March 2024
Time: 5 PM – 6.30 PM (GMT+7)
Venue: Google Meet
Registration: https://forms.gle/abCcpp8ExbUQvfFe9
Programme: https://bit.ly/3IzxJfB
Contact: karin@asiacentre.org


21 March
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM BMT


Google Meet


Asia Centre
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