About FakeCovid

FakeCovid is the first multilingual cross-domain dataset of 7623 fact-checked news articles for COVID-19, collected from 04/01/2020 to 01/07/2020(with a monthly update). We have collected the fact-checked articles from 92 fact-checking websites after obtaining references from Poynter and Snopes. We have manually annotated the collected articles into 11 categories of the fact-checked news according to their content. The ultimately generated dataset is in 40 languages from 105 countries. We have built a classifier to detect fake news and predict its class. Our model achieves an F1 score of 0.76 to detect the false class and other fact check articles. For more detailed information about the FakeCovid dataset, you can refer to the following paper:


We crawl the fact check articles published on the fact-checking websites at regular intervals and release an updated dataset each month. Some details are mentioned below:

Last Updated On Data Count
08-06-2020 5182
13-07-2020 7623

If you are interested in using this dataset in your research work, welcome to cite this paper:

title={Fake{C}ovid -- A Multilingual Cross-domain Fact Check News Dataset for COVID-19},
author={Shahi, Gautam Kishore and Nandini, Durgesh},
booktitle={Workshop Proceedings of the 14th International {AAAI} {C}onference on {W}eb and {S}ocial {M}edia},
year = {2020},
url = {http://workshop-proceedings.icwsm.org/pdf/2020_14.pdf}


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We also explained the steps followed to collect the data from different fact-checking websites. We have used the Poynter and Snopes as reference data source for taking a reference to the fact checking websites. For more details about the data collection, please refer to this document:

Related/Ongoing Work

Related to this work, we also analysed the propogation of misinformation on other plaforms, for more details please visit StopCovid