Alexios Mantzarlis

Hi! I am a globally-recognized expert on fact-checking and the challenge of online misinformation. (Or at the very least, I've talked U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into believing that I am one for visa purposes.)

I'm currently a TED fellow researching whether the public can be meaningfully included in decision-making about information quality on the major platforms.

From September 2015 to February 2019, I was the founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network, the global coalition of fact-checking projects.

As Director of the IFCN, I helped draft the fact-checkers' code of principles, shepherded a seminal partnership between fact-checkers and Facebook, testified to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on the "fake news" phenomenon and helped launch International Fact-Checking Day.

My expertise has been recognized by several international institutions. In 2018 I was invited to join the European Union's High Level Group on fake news and online disinformation and to draft a lesson plan for UNESCO.

My publications include a chapter on fact-checking in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections in Truth Counts, published by Congressional Quarterly, and a peer-reviewed study on Zika and fake news on the American Journal of Health Education.

I've helped raise (and spend!) more than US $2,000,000 in funding for the International Fact-Checking Network. I've also trained hundreds of journalists โ€” from Singapore to Buenos Aires, and from Nashville to Milan โ€” on tools and methodologies to combat misinformation.

I've been quoted extensively on media outlets around the world including Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, BBC, Folha de S. Paulo, Le Monde, NPR and The Washington Post.

I previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica, Italy's main political fact-checking website. While at Pagella Politica, I got to present weekly fact-checking segments on Virus, a prime time talk show airing on the national broadcaster RAI 2.

Before becoming a fact-checker, I worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

MOAR stuff about me

Donโ€™t get fooled again by bogus links, bots and pure bunk. Hereโ€™s how. The Washington Post
TOW *Margaret Sullivan* wrote about International Fact-Checking Day.
Why Canโ€™t Facebook Tell the Truth? The Atlantic
TOW I spoke about Facebook and fact-checking on The Atlantic's tech podcast.
The (almost) complete history of 'fake news' BBC Trending
TOW I was on the BBC with the great Claire Wardle and Craig Silverman about online misinformation.
Les fausses informations circulent de moins en moins sur Facebook Le Monde
TOW I comment on the extent to which Facebook's actions against viral hoaxes might have helped reduce their reach.
In praise of...Alexios MantzarlisFull Fact
TOW Fact-checking leader and never-bullshitter Will Moy wrote a blog saying nice things about my work at the IFCN. I'm not crying, you're crying.

Stuff I've written

  • "In the fight against misinformation, the more you know the less youโ€™re certain" โ€” Oct 3 2018 โ€” Internet Citizen
  • "Americaโ€™s always-on partisan goggles hurt meaningful evaluation of fact-checking on Facebook" โ€” Sep 13 2018 โ€” Poynter
  • "Fact-checkers are no longer a fresh-faced movement. Theyโ€™re fighting for the future of the internet. " โ€” Jun 20 2018 โ€” Poynter
  • "Four serious questions about Elon Muskโ€™s silly credibility score" โ€” May 24 2018 โ€” Poynter
  • "Six Key Points from the EU Commissionโ€™s New Report on Disinformation" โ€” Mar 12 2018 โ€” Medium
  • "We need to get better at covering studies about fake news" โ€” Mar 9 2018 โ€” Poynter
  • "366 links to understand fact-checking in 2016" โ€” Dec 21 2016 โ€” Poynter
  • "Fact-checking under President Trump" โ€” Nov 10 2016 โ€” Poynter
  • "Fact-checking doesn't 'backfire,' new study suggests" โ€” Nov 2 2016 โ€” Poynter
  • "Those fact-checking chyrons canโ€™t be just an anti-Trump gimmick" โ€” Aug 13 2016 โ€” Poynter
  • "Facebook should hire fact-checkers. Here's what they would do." โ€” Aug 30 2016 โ€” Poynter

On camera

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