Join RMIT FactLab’s fight against fake news

Donate by 30 June to support RMIT FactLab.

RMIT FactLab is Australia’s first research and teaching hub dedicated to fact-checking, fighting misinformation online and monitoring the impact new technologies have on digital news. 

These tumultuous times have demonstrated just how much we rely on social media to stay informed. What we share with friends and family on social media can be harmless or information from verifiable sources, but much of what we share is not. The COVID-19 crisis has brought with it a pandemic of misinformation, disinformation and malicious posts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok keep us connected, but are awash with myths, lies and so-called ‘alternative facts’ spread unwittingly with a single click. 

Fact-checking critical issues

With your support, RMIT FactLab will focus on two areas of utmost importance in its inaugural year: COVID-19 and the upcoming Federal election.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been accompanied by a pandemic of misinformation about its development, efficacy and side effects. RMIT FactLab will work to dispel myths and deliver accurate information so we can all feel confident about getting the jab.

RMIT FactLab will also work alongside RMIT ABC Fact Check in the lead up to the next Federal election to hold politicians and parties to account for the claims and promises they make, with plans to launch an interactive version of our acclaimed Election Promise Tracker, monitoring political promises made during election campaigns. 

Social media has become one of the biggest sources of misinformation.

Misinformation

‘Fake News’, it's a term we hear a lot but what does it actually mean? Is it information that is factually wrong? Or is it a term used to dismiss news that we just don’t like?

Please donate now to the RMIT FactLab Appeal and support the fight against fake news and misinformation. Every donation ensures that RMIT FactLab has the researchers and resources needed to battle misinformation, keep Australians informed and investigate the impact social media has on digital news. 

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