“What to expect from fact-checking in 2018”

As we enter into the third year of a renewed focus on the role of facts in the online information ecosystem, Alexios Mantzarlis and Daniel Funke share here seven predictions:
1. Political consultants will increasingly help craft fake news campaigns.
2. Efforts to legislate against online misinformation will fail (at least in established democracies).
3. We’ll get more real life data about the impact of fact-checking and fake news.
4. Fact-checkers will increasingly turn to combating misinformation on messaging apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.
5. Collaborative fact-checking projects will boom.
6. The way Americans talk about media credibility and polarization will start to change, but it won’t solve everything.
7. Fact-checking will expand in sub-Saharan Africa.