Fast & Furious Fact Check Challenge

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Today’s “always on” environment, together with social media, really does give us the ability to hear anything said by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Ironically, this flood of material makes it difficult to know what is actually true! Knowing the believability and accuracy of what we read, hear and see is important around the world -- and no less important for us here in the world’s leading democracy.

Fact checking is the process of verifying what someone has said, and then receiving a rating about the accuracy of the ‘fact.’ Fact checking enables us to sort through a tidal wave of massive information and communication.  

Some fact checking services exist, but none are instant.  

Fact checking today is done mostly by qualified humans. It’s a laborious, time-consuming process that is not easy, quick, cheap or comprehensive. There simply aren’t enough journalism researchers with the skills to verify all the claims made by our political candidates and public figures. It often takes a day or more to verify the accuracy of statements, especially in the context that they were made. And as time elapses, the truth moves further and further away from us.

The critical time to know if political claims and statements are accurate is now -- as we read or view it.  Therefore, the breakthroughs sought in this prize are those that improve speed of results in fact checking.

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Competition Claims

We’re Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking organization, and the authors of The State of Automated Factchecking. The following claims were used to test the software created by finalists in the Fast and Furious Fact Check Challenge. For more information on the types of claims used in the challenge and the Truth rating system, check out our introduction to the claims here.


America has a surface area of 9,830,000 sq km. (TRUE)

There are 103 road accidents per 1,000,000 people in America. (FALSE)

Three quarters of the US population is obese. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

14 percent of non US citizens are registered to vote. (FALSE)

13.3% of America is Black or African American. (TRUE)

America has 13,100,950 sq km of forest area. (FALSE)

40% of the Bolivian population lives in slums. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

In 2014, in Sub-Saharan Africa there were an estimated 1,300,000 pregnant women living with HIV. (TRUE)

Ciprofloxacin can prevent infection from Anthrax. (TRUE)

On November 4th 2015 Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to legalize drugs. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

The United States is estimated to consume almost 20,000,000 tonnes of chicken meat in 2025. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

In Modesto, California, 102,000 people are unemployed. (FALSE)

Kang and Kodos were candidates in the 2016 US presidential race. (FALSE)

Obama kept his promise to double federal funding for cancer research. (FALSE)

2.7% of the USA's wealth is spent on R&D. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

Around 90,000 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the EU in 2015. (TRUE)

Rosa Parks said "The driver wanted us to stand up, the four of us. We didn't move at the beginning, but he says, 'Let me have these seats.' And the other three people moved, but I didn't.'  (TRUE)

Eating meat causes cancer. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

Exxon-Mobil reached a total value of $772 million in 2007. (FALSE)

Canada’s immigration minister met his target to resettle 30,000 Syrian refugees four months after he intended. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

Hamas was founded in 1995. (FALSE)

In America, in June 1901, the average temperature was 16.6C. (TRUE)

Prince Harry said "Mr. President, thank you very, very much for hosting us today, and letting us steal the paralympics from you." (FALSE)

The world life expectancy was 52 in 1960, and rose sharply to 80 in 2014. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year in the UK. (TRUE)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised an immediate commitment to inject $3 billion over four years into nuclear weapons. (FALSE)

Syrian refugees are not properly vetted or tracked by the FBI once in the US. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

Obama restored the Great Lakes. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

In 2014 81.6% of American teenagers were enrolled in some sort of education. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

The U.S. has a record number of abortions year after year. (FALSE)

There are more wireless mobile broadband subscriptions than there are people in the USA. (TRUE)

More ISDS cases have been launched by companies from the United States than any other country in the world. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

Rep. Eliot Engel is the ranking member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (TRUE)

Sen. Benjamin Sasse voted against the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. (TRUE)

In 2012 there were 3,282,570 bee colonies in America. (TRUE)

According to the IMF, since 1980 China has always exported more as a proportion of GDP than Japan. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in the history of the world. (FALSE)

In 2016, the USA contributed $550bn to the financial intermediary funds. (FALSE)

Obama broke his promise to extend child credits and marriage-penalty fixes. (FALSE)

People from Syria are almost always successful in applying for asylum in the EU. (TRUE)

The USA worked more hours than the average of the OECD countries in 2014. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

The IMF says that the USA will be the fastest growing advanced economy in the world this year. (FALSE)

Just over 5% of pupils in the UK were educated at grammar schools in 2016. (SOMEWHAT TRUE)

In the USA in 2010, the number of homicides by firearm was almost 10,000. (SOMEWHAT FALSE)

12.9% of the total population of the USA were daily smokers in 2014. (TRUE)

97% of children in America were vaccinated against measles in 2014. (FALSE)

In the USA there were 2.4 practicing doctors for every 1000 people in 2010. (TRUE)

Mark Zuckerberg is the richest man in tech. (FALSE)

Income tax revenue is higher as a share of the total economy in Iceland than it is in the USA. (TRUE)

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