About us

The Elections24Check project aims to increase cross-country collaboration in detecting and debunking European electoral disinformation across the EU while promoting the access of European citizens to verified information so they can make informed decisions in the lead up to the European Elections in June 2024.

It will leverage the collective expertise of European fact-checking organisations that are verified members of the European Code of Standards for Independent Fact-Checking Organisations. The Code guarantees the highest ethical and transparency standards.

Elections24Check is a joint project of the European Fact-Checking Standards Network and its participating member organisations, supported by the Google News Initiative. The EFCSN is the voice of European fact-checkers who uphold and promote the highest standards of fact-checking and media literacy in their effort to combat misinformation for the public benefit. The EFCSN and its verified members are committed to upholding the principles of freedom of expression.



Who is behind the Elections24Check project?

Elections24Check is a joint project of the European Fact-Checking Standards Network and its participating member organisations, supported by the Google News Initiative.


Can researchers and journalists get a closer look at the data?

Yes, you can request researcher access to the full dataset by filling out this application. Academics and journalists are the intended audience, as our intention is to provide access for analysis purposes.

With their application, researchers and journalists will have to provide some information on how they intend to use their data access and will have to accept the Terms of Service for Researcher Access.


Where are the fact-checks and other articles from?

Participating members of the EFCSN input information from articles from their own websites into our database and their headlines and fact-checked claims are automatically translated. The articles are then tagged and sorted to appear as you see them here.

Contributing fact-checking organisations have made commitments to transparency, non-partisanship and journalistic excellence, focused on serving the public interest as established in the European Code of Standards for Independent Fact Checking Organisations.


What topics are covered by articles in the Elections24Check database?

The database emphasises checks on claims made related to the 2024 European Parliamentary Elections. This covers claims which are likely to influence the EU election directly (e.g. by questioning integrity of voting procedures) as well as indirectly (e.g. by engaging with a policy issue). That's why in the database you will also find fact-checks and debunks about topics such as migration, climate change or security and defence.


What is a narrative report?

Narrative reports are based on data obtained from the Elections24Check database. Reports analyse, investigate and report on emerging trends and developments in greater depth.


What's the difference between fact-checking, pre-bunking and debunking?

Fact-checks verify the accuracy of what a politician or official claims as true. Debunks check the accuracy of content circulating on the internet such as on social media platforms or in the media. Prebunks are explainer-type articles that help identify possible disinformation before it is even necessarily encountered.