TelevisaUnivision Partners with Meta on Fact-Checking

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MIAMI—TelevisaUnivision has announced that Univision Noticias’ fact-checking program, elDetector, will partner with Meta on fact-checking by joining Meta's Third-Party Fact-Checking Program.

Univision Noticias launched elDetector in 2016 as the first fact-checking platform in Spanish in the United States. It was later relaunched, during the 2020 presidential campaign, with support from WhatsApp and coordination by the International Fact-Checking Network from the Poynter Institute, as part of the FactChat project, which brought together 12 fact-checking platforms in the United States.

“With elDetector being the first-fact checking platform available in Spanish for the United States, our partnership with Meta will expand our reach in ensuring that Hispanic audiences receive accurate and reliable information,” said Carlos Chirinos, director of elDetector.

Users can access elDetector’s services via the Univision Noticias website, to find checked information about politics, health, and general affairs, from Covid-19 and vaccines to U.S. elections and the war in Ukraine. It also clarifies fake news and conspiracy theories, which will help users clear through the clutter of disinformation and misinformation. 

Spanish speakers can also ask questions directly to the news-checking team by sending text messages via WhatsApp to the number +1(786)685-8284. 

“This partnership emphasizes Univision Noticias’ core value of ensuring that Hispanic audiences are accurately informed and can rely on a news division to enforce their equitable access to correct and trustworthy information,” added José Gonzalo, senior director and editor in chief of Univision Noticias Digital.

“We’re thrilled to welcome TelevisaUnivision into our global fact-checking program,” said Kaitlin McCulley, news integrity program manager at Meta. “We partner with more than 90 fact-checking organizations around the world who review and rate viral misinformation on our platform, and we’re excited to build on our previous partnerships with TelevisaUnivision to help connect Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. with reliable information.”

In addition to this partnership, elDetector has sponsorships in coordination with the International Fact-Checking Network to do climate change checks and from WhatsApp to operate the chatbot.

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.