Hoaxes and conspiracy theories that in the past only interested a narrow community of readers, have become a tool of political propaganda and hybrid war. Spreading “alternative facts” can change public opinion and influence election results.
In its new Hoax project, the Sme daily has therefore decided to track down hoaxes, lies, and fake news that are being spread in the public space, explain them and confront them with facts. The Sme daily is published by Petit Press, the majority owner of The Slovak Spectator.
The project has its own website where articles can be found in which the daily sums up the hoaxes and confronts them with facts and elementary logic. The aim is not only to prove the fake nature of the hoaxes but also to promote the basic tools of critical thinking like unveiling missteps in logic and cognitive mistakes.