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By PolitiFact Staff May 14, 2024

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  • PolitiFact, the Poynter Institute’s Pulitzer-Prize winning fact-checking newsroom, is launching PolitiFact en Español to help more than 40 million Spanish-speakers in the U.S. sort out the truth in politics.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Poynter’s PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning fact-checking newsroom, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Spanish-language experience, PolitiFact en Español, to help more than 40 million Spanish-speakers in the U.S. sort out the truth in politics.

A new Spanish-language website and a related social media presence are the culmination of an effort that began in 2023 when PolitiFact launched a Spanish-language team. The team’s fact-checks have appeared on pages of PolitiFact’s existing website and via Telemundo stations in Florida through a partnership that brings fact checks to the stations’ newscasts, digital and streaming platforms. But starting this month, a newly launched website provides an excellent user experience in Spanish.

"We are excited about taking this next step to better serve the millions of people in the United States who consume news primarily in Spanish," said Katie Sanders, PolitiFact editor-in-chief.

Deputy Editor Miriam Valverde, who started fact-checking immigration claims for PolitiFact in 2016, leads PolitiFact en Español and its team of Spanish-speaking reporters.

"Our new website and social media presence will provide Spanish speakers with fact-based information and help them guard against dangerous misinformation that is increasingly pervasive across platforms," Valverde said.

The free website features fact checks from the PolitiFact en Español team, who root out Spanish-language misinformation in its many forms, and write in-depth stories and fact checks. Much of the fact-checking falls under Meta’s third-party fact-checking program, debunking misinformation on Instagram and Facebook. The team also translates trending fact checks and stories, both from English to Spanish and vice versa. 

Valverde said the premise was not to simply copy into Spanish, but to find ways to best serve the target audience. To that end, the effort has included launching a WhatsApp tipline to solicit reader ideas, as well as a WhatsApp channel. PolitiFact en Español also is active on TikTok and Instagram.

With the 2024 U.S. presidential election later this year, and Hispanic voters a coveted demographic from both parties, there will be no shortage of political claims to check, Sanders said.

"It’s especially important that PolitiFact en Español is a resource for Spanish-speaking voters, who will be bombarded with political messages, many of them false, during the campaign season," she said.

Other partnerships include Factchequeado, a fact-checking organization that shares PolitiFact’s work with its network that includes Hispanic media outlets. PolitiFact also has a partnership with Telemundo and NBCUniversal’s TV stations in Florida to bring its fact-checks to the stations’ newscasts, digital, mobile and streaming platforms.

To inquire about partnering with PolitiFact en Español, contact PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman or PolitiFact Editor-in-Chief Katie Sanders. 

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