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The concept of fact-checking came to new media from traditional journalism. More precisely, from the principles of the editorial office: an editorial filter is a necessary condition in the technology of a journalist's work. This technology is due to ethical principles: independence, objectivity, impartiality, accuracy. Due to the observance of these principles, the trust of the audience appears and the reputation of the publication is formed.
A fact is an event supported by reliable evidence. Different people may have different views on the same event, but you can't argue with the facts. That is why the fact should not only be established, but verified, rechecked and “cast in granite”.
Therefore, distortion of facts is a crime against objectivity and accuracy. Worse if it is a deliberate crime against independence and impartiality. It’s very bad when it’s a deliberate manipulative construct.
In modern digital communications, the concept of "factoid" is becoming more and more relevant. This is an initially non-existent fact, which, being published in the media, receives a lively reaction and assessment. And they, in turn, affect the picture of the world and the actions of people. The truth is not that important, in fact, if the effect is real.
Bemorepanda has prepared some interesting facts about everything in the world. WTF Facts is one of the most famous Twitter pages, here you will find a lot of interesting facts that will amaze you. Bemorepanda is at your disposal so that every day the most interesting things reach the screens of your devices.
Top 100 interesting things from WTF Facts
1.A speeding ticket in Finland
2.Free people in Mexico
In Russia there is a famous story. This is very reminiscent of the episode of the cartoon about kolobok investigators, where the evil animal dealer Karbofos buys a porcelain elephant from a junk dealer, gets a certificate on him, breaks the now unnecessary trinket and says: "The elephant is bad, the certificate is good!" After that, according to this certificate, he leads a live elephant across the border. The rustic border guard stupidly looks at the certificate, correlates what is written in it with what he sees, and lets the animal across the border.
Likewise, people for the most part, following automatisms and stereotypes, trust the form, not critically perceiving the essence. There is a help - come through. On TV they said - it means the truth. Journalists won't lie! Even if the host of a popular talk show is in the frame, and not a journalist in the full sense of the word.
In the same way, various phenomena and events are actualized and legalized. Unconsciously or prudently, they are embedded in the form of "confirmed" facts in the information picture, as a result, distorting the entire canvas. This technique is actively used by propagandists, cyber fighters, network trolls and other manipulators of all stripes.
4.Support dogs in Zoo
The fact checker's main weapon is doubt. Professional mistrust, reality check. Here, the logic and toolkit of fact-checking largely coincides with the methodologies and technologies of scientific work. Moreover, a course on source study specialized for historians can raise the level of quality of a journalist's work with sources by an order of magnitude. Be it living interlocutors or material carriers of natural and artificial origin.
Newspaper ducks, gossip, rumors, speculation, factoids, manipulations, irresponsible and malicious fakes, technical errors and typos - all this scum is opposed by fact-checking. This is a powerful weapon, which, alas, is often not well known to those who work in the field of mass communications.
6.Eminem and Elton John
7.Hotel in Japan
13.Dogs and human
14.Invisibility of Poverty
15.Place in Iceland
17.Royal holy water
19.Disliking a person
20.Swear a lot
22.Divorce in Germany
31.Camel beauty contest
32.Truck carrying money
33.Arm up for 45 years
34.Public toilets in Japan
35.Dogs are excellent judges
37.Bras are useless
38.Listening to music
40.The oldest living animal on planet
41.Macron and his wife
45.Married her dog
46.Lies in english
47.Walt Disney was fired
49.1983 cost of living
50.Sex and beard
51.Humans like bacon
59.Iceland is a safe country
62.Pussy Village in France
65.Leather coats are banned in North Korea
66.The longest road in the world to walk is from Cape Town (South Africa) to Magadan (Russia). It's 22,387 km, and it takes around 4,500 hours to travel.
67.Brutus the grizzly bear
71.Causes of death in London
72.House for ex-wife
73.A cow escaped and was found at the waterpark
74.Lawyer from Kenya
75.Public toilets in Tanzania
76.Town in India where is no religion
77.The Queen’s favourite meal
78.4 years difference
83.Football team killed by a lighting struck
84.Brothel in Vienna and Covid vaccination
86.Mercury and the sun
87.Hotel in Finland
88.Residential district in Dubai
90.All I want for Christmas is you
91.Elon Musk and world hunger
92.Largest hotel in Saudi Arabia
94.Elon Musk at college
95.Millionaire in China
96.Mike Tyson and marijuana
97.The largest clear cut diamond
98.Elon Musk worth
100.Capsule Hotel in Japan