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Central European Journal of Communication

Central European Journal of Communication

Scientific Journal of the Polish Communication Association

You are here: Home > Browse Journal > Volume 16 No 1 (33) Spring 2023 > Limitations of Fact-Checking on Debunking COVID-19 Misinformation on Facebook: the Case of

Limitations of Fact-Checking on Debunking COVID-19 Misinformation on Facebook: the Case of

Mato Brautovic
University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Romana John
University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

ABSTRACT: This study explores the role of fact-checking organisations in debunking the disinformation about COVID-19, based on the case of the Croatian fact-checking organisation By using computational methods and content analysis, we analysed 212 debunked fact-checks relating to Covid-19 (N=212) published between July 1, 2020, and the March 31, 2021. The sample was used to compare the debunked and disinformation versions of the same story, regarding their impact on users in the form of engagement (likes, comments, shares) as measure of efficiency of fact-checking. The main findings show that the practice of publishing fact-checks on websites and using social media to promote debunked content is insufficient.

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DOI: 10.51480/1899-5101.16.1(33).3

KEYWORDS: COVID-19, Croatia, Faktograf, fact-checking, DISINFORMATION