Univision Noticias’ fact-checking program elDetector will partner with Meta and join their International Fact-Checking Network’s (IFCN).
In doing so, it becomes one of six fact-checking organizations that cover content in Spanish-language within the program.
Available via the Univision Noticias website, elDetector checks information about politics, health and general affairs, from Covid-19 and vaccines to U.S. elections and the war in Ukraine. It also clarifies fake news and conspiracy theories.
Journalists operate elDetector from the newsroom of Univision Noticias with additional support from external collaborators: fact checkers who have no affiliation with any political party and are governed by journalistic ethical principles and IFCN’s code of regulations.
Univision’s elDetector was launched in 2016 as the first fact-checking platform in Spanish in the United States. It was relaunched during the 2020 presidential campaign with support from WhatsApp and coordination by the IFCN, from the Poynter Institute, as part of the FactChat project, which brought together 12 fact-checking platforms in the United States.
In addition to this partnership, elDetector has sponsorships from Meta through the International Fact-Checking Network to do climate change checks and from WhatsApp to operate the chatbot.