False and Fabricated News: International Dimensions

“NASA Earth's Light” by Flickr user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center taken February 2010 (CC BY 2.0)

One aspect our project pays attention to is the way that fabricated and false news crosses borders.

French Presidential Election, 2017

In the French Presidential Election of 2017, two themes that have emerged in problematic or fabricated news include the perceived taint by outside influence (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Russia) as well as xenophobic reports that amount to a rejection of multicultural France. Here are some examples of the kinds of stories our partners at CrossCheck have been working on:

On external influence:

  • FALSE: “Was Macron's Campaign for the French Presidency Financed by Saudi Arabia?” (French | English)
  • FALSE: “Did Marine Le Pen Tweet About the Masha and the Bear Cartoon?” (French | English)
  • FALSE: “Does Al-Qaeda ‘support’ Emmanuel Macron?” (French | English)

On multicultural France:

  • FALSE: “Is this picture of refugees from March 17 at the Franco-Italian border?” (French | English | Spanish )
  • FALSE: “Does this map show recent violence across France?” (French | English)
  • FALSE: “Do 44% of Muslim high school students believe it is acceptable to take up arms for their religion?” (French | English)
  • FALSE: “Does this video show a foreigner assaulting French hospital employees?” (French | English)