fact-checked; fact-checking; fact-checks

transitive verb

: to verify the factual accuracy of
fact-check the article before publication
fact-checker noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Diminishing fact-checking efforts at social media platforms like Twitter means disinformation runs rampant. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 1 June 2023 Our fact-check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 1 June 2023 In response to this rhetorical question, the mainstream press’s hyperactive fact-checking apparatus has gone quiet, a silence rendered more conspicuous by the sheer audacity of Trump’s conclusions. The Editors, National Review, 1 June 2023 The town hall format was ridiculed internally and externally, as Trump was able to play to cheering supporters in the audience and deliver falsehoods at a faster rate than moderator Kaitlan Collins could fact-check. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Twitter boosts its crowdsourced fact-checking efforts. David Meyer, Fortune, 31 May 2023 Clara Hendrickson fact-checks Michigan issues and politics as a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2023 The ease of creating fakes, coupled with the viral nature of a platform like Twitter, means that false information can spread faster than it can be fact-checked. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 23 May 2023 According to Musk, his tweets are in fact subject to Twitter’s content-labeling policies, as well as the platform’s Community Notes feature that uses crowdsourcing to fact-check content. Todd Spangler, Variety, 13 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fact-check was in 1973

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“Fact-check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact-check. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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