To combat fraud, Business News launches BN Check, the first Tunisian fact-checking site

To combat fraud, Business News launches BN Check, the first Tunisian fact-checking site

First in Tunisia, a press house launches a fact check website, commonly called a “fact check”. Your Business News newspaper is behind this initiative with the launch of the “BN Check” section, which will have the appearance of an independent site, as is the practice in several countries.

If the technique itself has existed since the 1990s in the United States, it did not really emerge until the 2010s with the spread of false information (commonly called intox or fake news), polemics and hoaxes and satirical newspapers.

In the mid and late 2010s, several US and European media launched their own “fact check” section to combat “fake news”. Specifically and mainly, it is a question of verifying in a very short time the accuracy of the information or figures announced by a personality or a media, and / or of verifying the authenticity of a rumor circulating on social network.

For several months, and following the proliferation of fake news sites on social networks (particularly Twitter and Facebook), several European countries have revised their laws to combat this real “scourge”. Facebook’s management, for its part, has taken drastic measures to counter pages that disseminate false information. Among these measures, Facebook now uses technological means and human control to remove fake accounts, promote knowledge of news media and avoid spammers’ financial traps. In some countries, Facebook works with third-party fact-checking media certified by the International Fact-Checking Network to detect and analyze potentially false information.

It is with this in mind and within the framework of this international movement that Business News has decided to launch BN Check. Idea launched and promoted by the new reference shareholder in the publishing house Business News, Karim Guellaty. This is to distinguish current news information, specific information that Business News verifies after hearing about it on social networks.

Truth be told, Business News reporters have been doing fact-checking for years, but their work is often thrown away. The reasons? There is a lot of fake news on social networks, we waste a lot of time every time checking these rumors and information, which then turns out to be fake news. eager not to give even more consistency and life to the false information, by passing on a denial of every poisoning observed, the choice was to throw all this verification work in the trash. Ditto for politicians’ false or misleading statements, especially when it comes to numbers. We check the words of such a public figure, we know she’s lying, but we keep quiet so as not to give her more publicity and to avoid often useless controversies. This was especially observed with Moncef Marzouki and Sihem Ben Sedrine, where Business News was accused of ruthlessness and settling personal results.

Except that it’s not what media experts think, who instead advocate for publicity and denial to get public figures to stop misleading their interlocutors.

Among the media that have advocated for this opportunity to launch a section specializing in fact-checking, the most famous in France are the “20 Minutes Fake Off” from the daily 20 Minutes; The “Decoders” of the daily newspaper Le Monde; “True or False” from France Info; “CheckNews” from Liberation, “AFP factual” from AFP.

Business News therefore launches “BN Check” and thus becomes the first Tunisian pure player newspaper to launch a fact check page. The next step is to join the network of the famous and prestigious IFCN (International Fact-Checking Network, the independent international organization for verification of information), a reference body for states and multinational corporations to distinguish between good news and credible media from bad news sites, who publish everything and everything.

Many readers will say, what’s the news in all this, because if we visit you, is it because we already believe in you? That was our motto for a while, even though we were not immune to mistakes ourselves. The biggest media houses are not immune to errors. One of the most famous mistakes by AFP, the French press agency, was the cause of the false information about Martin Bouygue’s death in February 2015. Information was immediately passed on by major media, such as Express or BFM TV, before being rejected an hour later.

Verifying information before publication is one of the most important ethical rules for our profession. Despite all the criticism and a few mistakes, Business News has always intended to respect this ethic and does not intend to change course as long as the newspaper is managed by the current board. To the confirmed information from Business News, we will now add verified information specifically following politician statements or rumors circulating on Facebook, and these will be published in “BN Check” with a “verified” stamp. This is the difference between the two titles and the added value we intend to add to the Tunisian media landscape. A very useful added value in this election period, where the rumor reaches its peak.

Unlike Business News, these “information denials” published in BN Check will not only be linked to the political and economic world, they will be extended to the cultural, sporting, artistic, television, social world …

After “BN Videos” launched in October 2018 and “Business News Arabe” launched in December 2018, we hope to gain more trust from our readers with “BN Check”, a newborn in the media landscape. We will not fail to make several technical and graphic corrections of “BN Check”, which is still in its experimental phase in the coming days and inform you already that the Arabic version of this newborn will follow in stiff arm. during the month of August 2019.


To move on, also read:

Direct access to the new “BN Check” page

What you need to know about fact checking

The most important fact check pages in the world

The principles of fact checking

How does Facebook combat the spread of false information?

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