CrossCheck is a collaborative journalism project that brings together newsrooms across France and beyond to accurately report false, misleading and confusing claims that circulate online.
We are starting this project with the French presidential election as our focus and will investigate stories, comments, images and videos about candidates, political parties and all other election related issues.
Right now, the threat of widespread misinformation to the democratic process and its impact and influence on society as a whole is being hotly debated around the world. France is no exception. As citizens, we are exposed to more sources of information than ever before and as journalists, we are dedicated to helping make sense of that information by conducting thorough verification, adding context and providing evidence to support or debunk each rumour or story.
It is not always easy to confirm that something is entirely true or false but by working together we can help to establish which elements are factual and reliable. Our aim is to provide the public with the necessary information to form their own conclusion.
We have local, national and international newsrooms taking part in CrossCheck and we are asking the public to also get involved.
Are you aware of a story that is being widely misreported? What have you seen or read that you do not trust or find confusing? Can you remember where and when you saw it? What was it that made you suspicious? We will be investigating social media posts, online news articles, videos, promotional images and campaign statements. See here for more information about our selection process.
We have devised this quick form for you to submit your questions to CrossCheck. Our partners will then work together to investigate and accurately report each claim.
We will publish our findings on this page and each ‘report card’ that you see below can be individually shared in your own comments or posts online. Reports will only be published here when at least two news partners have agreed and ‘CrossChecked’ each others work.
If you see a number of logos included in a report then that means journalists from within each of our participating newsrooms have confirmed that they agree with the investigative work that has been completed.
Thank you for supporting CrossCheck. Please follow this page for updates, share with your friends and alert us of anything that you would like investigating. See our FAQ page for further information about this project.