10 years of your support

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It's ten years since Full Fact began. In that time, Full Fact's supporters have donated their time, money and skills to defending good, impartial information in the UK. We look at the highlights.
2020 has been a year like no other. The ongoing pandemic has affected us all, while bringing with it a new wave of dangerous claims and conspiracies.

It also marks a decade since Full Fact began. In that time, Full Fact's supporters have donated their time, money and skills to defending good, impartial information in the UK.

Here are just ten ways they continue to supercharge the fight against bad information and the harm it causes:

10. Growing our team — and global impact

In 2010 we might not have predicted the full extent of the political upheaval, health crises and online challenges we were about to face.

But like us, our supporters believed in the importance of independent fact checking.

Supporters have not only safeguarded our independence, but helped tackle bad information at a global scale.

Whether it was chipping in ten pounds to early crowdfunder campaigns, or becoming one of our fifty thousand newsletter subscribers, this bedrock has been pivotal in helping us take the fight beyond fact checking.

Funding from individuals has helped us grow to a team of thirty two fact checkers, campaigners and developers, who seek to fight the causes and consequences of bad information at every level - whether through calling out consistent inaccuracies, building world leading technology or investigating harmful conspiracies and how they might be countered.

9. Helping millions of people spot and call out bad information

We speak louder together. And each week, thousands of our supporters are helping people access the facts through sharing our fact checks and tips to spot bad information on social media.

This has given more people than ever before the tools they need to stop and think before sharing something false - with more views on our fact checks in 2020 than any previous year.

8. Protecting elections in 2015, 2017 and 2019

Supporters have donated over £200,000 and given up more than 4,000 hours of time to help over five million voters access good information about speeches, manifestos and campaigns on all sides in the run up to polling day.

Read more about fact checking the 2015, 2017, and 2019 elections.

Full Fact's 2015 election centre in the BBC newsroom

7. Safeguarding future elections

It's never been more important that voters are protected from bad information online, but our election laws remain wide open to manipulation and abuse.

Since last year, we've been demanding better. But we needed the help of our readers to make sure that calls for change did not go unheard.

Many of you wrote into your local MP to demand that election laws update for the digital age, while hundreds of you shared our demands on social media.

We've seen progress since then. Proposals for digital imprints were published in August. They would require all online campaigning material to state who is promoting it, and on whose behalf.

6. Powering up our Automated Fact Checking

Since 2016, Full Fact has been developing AI tools to help increase the speed, reach and impact of fact checking across the world. Tools are now able to detect claims made in the news online and the TV, and match them with fact checks from Full Fact.

In order to teach AI to act like a human, we've relied on lots of humans to help us along the way.

In 2018, eight volunteers came into Full Fact's offices to improve our Live Fact checking tool. In just two weeks, they…
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