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I got “fact checked” yesterday by a nurse who claimed to have read my latest Panda article about human ecosystems. She didn’t have anything to say about the information in the article, but informed me that she utterly disapproved of me “using your qualifications to work with Panda”. This came as a surprise because my work with Panda exactly matches the skill set of my public health qualifications and experience. I didn’t ask her for detail as she’d already sent a number of “fact check” articles blackening characters of public health experts I’d recommended she listen to. Further character assassinations were hardly going to contribute to any sense of intelligent debate and we both bowed out. Not before her disgust in me was well noted.

“Fact checkers” are a new phenomenon in social media which appear to have grown in number since the so-called Trusted News Initiative was announced in…

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