Towards a Sustainable Fact-checking Model

About 33% of all the fact-checking platforms are inactive because they couldn't sustain following the traditional operation model. Fact-checking is tied to impartial service and the platforms cannot take support from partisan funding sources. Also, the need seems to connected with election cycles. Moreover, the fact-checking process is labor intensive and less scalable. Many professional fact-checkers are suspicious of the idea of crowdsourced fact-checking in which users verify factual claims. Professionals often claim that users lack required skills, and are biased. In this project, we argue that contribution of crowds to fact-checking is essential in the networked media ecosystem where information is abundant and rumors spread like wildfire with resources for investigative journalism steadily plummeting. A sustainable model for fact-checking platforms would consist of crowds, professional factcheckers, and automated assisting tools. Crowds can perform many mundane but important tasks under the guidance of professionals while programmers build tools to find credible sources and make sense of a large amount of user inputs. Crowds can also help better identify facts that people care about and identify sources that may lack credibility but still are popular. Professionals can play the 'moderator' and 'seminar leader' role in this process. The purpose of this project is to explore such a crowdsourced factchecking model where users check facts under the guidance of moderators.

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