AFP Fact Check
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Editorial Review: Jul 2023
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About AFP Fact Check's Bias Rating
AFP Fact Check is a fact check source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Left.
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Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left display media bias in ways that strongly align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. This is our most liberal rating on the political spectrum.Learn more about Left ratings
AFP Fact Check has a Left AllSides Media Bias Rating™.
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AFP Fact Check Rated Left in AllSides July 2023 Small Group Editorial Review
A small group of AllSides reviewers — one person each with a bias on the left, center, and right — reviewed content from AFP Fact Check for media bias. The team noted that AFP Fact Check demonstrated a great degree of bias by story choice, in which it only fact checked officials, voices, or opinions popular on the right, and did not fact check leftist or liberal claims. The team also noticed word choice bias, like referring to Elon Musk as “the billionaire,” or voices on the right as “QAnon conspiracy theorists.”
At the time of review, topics frequently covered by AFP Fact Check included the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Elon Musk, Covid vaccines, and conservative commentators.
Common themes noticed by the team were how frequently AFP Fact Check assessed claims that cast Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a negative light, accused Elon Musk of spreading misinformation, or questioned Pfizer and alleged side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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AFP Fact Check Rated as Center in July 2022 Independent Review
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As of September 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for AFP Fact Check. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
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As of September 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Left rating for AFP Fact Check. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
AFP Fact Check is the fact checking arm of Agence France-Presse (not rated by AllSides), a French international news agency that is headquartered in Paris and was founded in 1835. AFP was originally founded as Havas, before being changed to French Information Office in 1940 by the German forces that took control of Paris. It received its current name in 1944, when Allied Forces regained control of Paris.
AFP was originally established as a government institution, but later declared a private independent body by the French parliament in 1957.
AFP Fact Check Ownership and FundingFunding and ownership do not influence bias ratings. We rate the bias of content only.
According to AFP, two-thirds of its revenues come from its own “commercial activities” while the remainder comes from the French state for pursuing its “missions of general interest.”