Desinfox objective.

This is the name of the program to fight against disinformation announced Monday by AFP and Google in the run-up to the presidential and legislative elections.

"Access to this project will be free and managed by AFP in complete editorial independence, thanks to financial support from Google," said AFP CEO Fabrice Fries at the annual conference "New Practices in Journalism »At Sciences-Po in Paris.

"This training and collaboration program, intended for French editorial staff, will be based on an alliance of the media and fact-checking organizations interested in the fight against disinformation", we can read in a joint press release from the two companies.

Training, a platform, labeled content

First, thematic online training from mid-January for all media and fact-checking organizations that are members of the alliance, to teach journalists about digital investigation: the fight against cyberbullying, improvement of monitoring processes. … Second, the creation of a collaborative platform to exchange between members of the alliance which will include a system for reporting false or misleading content to the general public and which will feed all the partner editorial staff.

Third, monthly thematic meetings hosted by AFP, to which all members will be invited, with the participation of speakers and external experts (researchers, sociologists, etc.).

Fourth, the provision of AFP political fact-checking content for alliance members on the AFP Factuel site ( and on the “AFP Fact Check” YouTube channel.

Finally, a support and support program for factchecks editorial staff, members of the alliance in the creation and production of their own content.

Unite the players in the fight against disinformation

This content will benefit from the “Objectif Désinfox” label and AFP will produce videos of the best productions. "The media coalition aims to unite the ranks of those involved in the fight against disinformation in the run-up to the presidential election," said Fabrice Fries. “Each year, Google trains thousands of journalists in digital tools, and this partnership with AFP makes it possible to amplify this training,” said Sébastien Missoffe, general manager of Google in France.

“Two 6-month fixed-term contracts from diversity will join AFP's editorial staff as part of this project.

This is a call for applications, ”added the CEO of AFP during the conference.

On November 17, Google and AFP reached an agreement to remunerate the news agency's content presented by the American giant throughout the EU for five years.

It was the first partnership concluded by a press agency for rights related to copyright, a European directive that France was the first to transpose into its national law in 2019.

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