Olga Yurkova: Inside the fight against Russia's fake news empire
TED Fellow Olga Yurkova is a journalist and cofounder of StopFake.org, an independent Ukrainian organization that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda and misinformation in the media. Full bio
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Sloviansk city in eastern Ukraine.
in Lenin Square.
the public crucifixion
to Russia's First TV channel.
pro-Russia militant in Donbass.
from Russian propaganda and fake news
the only player in this space.
all around the world.
what is fake and what is real,
we get from the press and social media.
stop believing anyone at all
to populists in elections,
with fake news about Ukraine.
to investigate this fake news.
check it with verifiable proof
and other strong evidence.
we put it on our website.
in all its phases.
we have millions of views,
all around the world.
more than 1,000 fakes about Ukraine.
as a result of a coup d'état.
in information warfare,
it's often automatic.
not be a part of fake news?
too emotional, too clickbait,
license plates, experts and offers.
to stop this culture of fake news.
is not only about fake news.
to rebuild trust,
ABOUT THE SPEAKEROlga Yurkova - Journalist, editor
TED Fellow Olga Yurkova is a journalist and cofounder of StopFake.org, an independent Ukrainian organization that trains an international cohort of fact-checkers in an effort to curb propaganda and misinformation in the media.
Why you should listen
Olga Yurkova edits the Context and Opinions sections of StopFake.org. She teaches different audiences how propaganda works and how to identify fake news, consulting a range of organizations and public structures and collaborating with mainstream media as a journalist.
Yurkova explores propaganda methods and finds out new ways to overcome these new challenges. In June 2017, she and her colleagues Maarten Schenk and Jordy Nijenhuis launched a project called Forbidden Facts, which explains how fake news spreads online through clickbait headlines on Facebook that reach out to skeptical audiences.
Yurkova has 15 years of experience in journalism. She headed the local multimedia newsroom in Ternopil city for six years, becoming the market leader during that time. She then ran the Donbas and Crimea department at the national multimedia newsroom Nova Informacia for three years. She has been working as a new media trainer since 2012.
For fighting propaganda, Yurkova was included into the list of New Europe 100 and was named a TED Fellow in 2018.
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