The Full Fact Podcast

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False information is created much faster and at a much greater volume than a human can possibly keep up with. But will this always be the case? Can technology prevent bad information from spreading, the moment it is created? How far away is this technology, and what tools do we already have now? The founder and the head of our Automated Fact Checking team explain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Covid-19 recovery rate is not 99.9%, the infection fatality rate is higher than 0.1%, and the number of people dying right now is not the same as in any other year. A week of our independent, impartial fact checks in a quick three minute(ish) blast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the WHO as one of the top ten health concerns facing the world. A low vaccine uptake led to the removal of the UK’s ‘measles free’ status recently, and misinformation is only exacerbating the problem. So why are people reluctant to be vaccinated, despite the proven efficacy of vaccines? We speak to the Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, Professor Heidi Larson. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The government is not proposing to make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, there's no evidence aluminium in vaccines causes Alzheimer's disease, and a Daily Express opinion piece is wrong to allege evidence of widespread voter fraud in US elections. A week of our independent, impartial fact checks in a quick three minute blast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
From the moon landing being a hoax to the Queen being a reptile - conspiracy theories are everywhere. But with the advent of social media, it’s never been easier for them to be shared. But why do people believe them? What is it about certain people that makes them more susceptible to these theories? And can they be convinced otherwise once they’ve taken hold? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Daily Mirror misrepresents research on public support for Brexit, BBC presenters did remove their poppies as they were wearing them earlier than BBC guidelines allow, and a Covid-19 vaccine is not being administered via Covid-19 nasal swab tests. A week of independent, impartial fact checks in less than three minutes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
During an election period there’s a lot to gain and a lot to lose. Access to good information is vital to making an informed decision. But how difficult is it to avoid bad information in the lead up to the polls? We speak to Craig Silverman, the man who coined the phrase ‘fake news,’ about the recent US elections and compare the misinformation landscape to the UK’s. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What does research tell us about "Long Covid?" How many doctors are there in the NHS compared to last year? And will soy sauce get cheaper once the UK leaves the EU? All answered in our three-minute Fact Blast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What makes a bot bad? Bots have been used for years in customer service for good, but what happens when they are programmed for wrongdoing? Is what you are seeing on social media real? How can you know whether the person you’re interacting with is human? We delve into the secrets of social media bots, and the science behind them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What exactly is an Australia-style Brexit deal? Where are Covid-19 results registered for university students? And how are cases traced in schools? All answered in our three-minute Fact Blast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We often think of misinformation as a modern problem. But its roots go back thousands of years. In this episode we explore the history of false information and track how it has developed into the ‘fake news’ climate we see today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's blast - contrary to what you might have seen or read, Covid and flu statistics are not being combined by Public Health England, data comparisons about Covid deaths are published by the Office for National Statistics, and the Irish test and trace system did not cost less than a million pounds. A week of independent, impartial fact checks all in a quick three minute blast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Is false information ‘everywhere?’ How does misinformation manifest itself in other nations? We talk to fact checkers from across the globe to explore the similarities in misinformation, and what makes the UK unique. We look at patterns in Europe before moving over to Africa and the Americas to discover the different landscapes of information in our respective continents. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week's blast - Boris Johnson makes a mistake when talking about lump-sum payments for those self-isolating, Sun journalist gets it wrong on London crime figures, and a viral Facebook post makes a false claim about the "second-wave." A week of independent, impartial fact checks in a quick three minute blast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What happens when you can no longer believe what you’re seeing? Deep Fakes have often been touted as an emerging tool of disinformation, but how big is the problem now, and how big will it get? World-leading photo forensics expert Dr Hany Farid joins us from California to explain how the technology is improving, and whether the detection technology can keep up with its progress. Could you personally spot a ‘deep fake’ - and will you be able to in ten years’ time? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the Fact Blast this week: Claims about who runs the Test and Trace app, a misreading of data leads to newspapers publishing false information about where Covid is spreading - and an fitness account on Instagram makes obesity claims that could be misinterpreted. A week of independent, impartial fact checks - in a quick three minute blast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Question Time testing muddle, the 'COBRA photo' that wasn't a COBRA photo, and debunking the claim that the government are harvesting our DNA from Covid-19 tests..! A week of independent, impartial fact checks in a quick three minute blast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The UK/Japan trade deal, Covid testing boycotts - and a false claim about poppies re-emerges for another year. A week of independent, impartial fact checks in a quick three minute blast!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Matt Hancock and Jonathan Ashworth clash in the Commons, University and College Union share unrealistic Covid prediction - and some wildly inaccurate death figures get mixed up with the truth on Facebook. All on this week's three minute Fact Blast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Fact checking Matt Hancock's claims about suicide figures in lockdown, viral social media posts about Children in Need and Black Lives Matter, and debunking significantly exaggerated asylum seeker figures. It's a three minute Fact Blast from the UK's independent, impartial fact checking charity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flu deaths vs Covid deaths, the risk of infection in schools, and a Labour MP's claims about tax and asylum seekers - fact checked by our independent and impartial team. Go into the long weekend informed with a three minute Fact Blast!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
TV licenses for asylum seekers, a fake quote going viral, and the true cost of the Track and Trace app. Get a week's worth of our independent, impartial fact checks in a digestible three minute blast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Flawed polls are on the menu in this week's Fact Blast - seven days of fact checking in a quick three minute dose!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A week of independent, impartial fact checks - in under three minutes. In this week's blast - Minister "misspeaks" on testing figures - Viral egging video was just a yolk - Widely publicised poll was so flawed you couldn't even respond with the correct answer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Get the right information at a time when good information has never been more important, with our three minute weekly fact blast. This week we go through Dominic Raab's claims quarantine, a viral analogy comparing the Blitz Spirit to mask wearing - and more vaccine misinformation circulating on Facebook.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Podcast Details

Created by
James Perkins
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Apr 1st, 2015
Latest Episode
Nov 23rd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
47
Avg. Episode Length
13 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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