Full Fact - tweet that clip

TL;DR: Tweets out a small clip of a show (e.g. Prime Ministers Questions) during live factchecking. The media/clip is of the person who makes a claim that is then being checked in the text of the tweet.

...you can now see the clip of the moment they said the claim, ready to be tweeted out. After you press the tweet button it automatically tweets out the clip.

Why is this helpful?

Full Fact live factchecks Prime Ministers Questions and BBC Question Time on Twitter. Members of the team tweet out factchecks of the statements politicians and guests make.

If we can add small clips of the politicians or guests actually making the statements we believe the experience for the public would be much nicer!

Before

The sentences are matched to Full Fact's previous factchecks

and when you click the Twitter button it takes you to a draft tweet with just the link of the factcheck in:

Example draft tweet window, with just a link

In the real world the final output looks like this

https://twitter.com/FullFact/status/1039834235232821249

After

Everything is a little broken, and the sentences are a bit weird, but you can now see a preview of a video inline.

And when you click tweet...

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1uEjC8hpJGVkvXLH4i9_tmwPHON77UrrS4nzTKLth46U/edit#slide=id.g42107b0f4e_0_59

Github

Node module to tweet to clip + text status

Example server micro-service

Next up

Look into tweeting as draft

Post end point

POST
http://ads-api.twitter.com/4/accounts/18ce54d4x5t/tweet?text=hello,+world&as_user_id=756201191646691328&trim_user=true

Draft end point

POST
https://ads-api.twitter.com/4/accounts/18ce54d4x5t/draft_tweets?as_user_id=756201191646691328&text=Just+setting+up+my+Twitter

Other improvements

  • Creating a draft tweet with the ability to add text

  • Custom controls for the HTML5 video player, to hone in on the right timestamps

  • Sort out the video pipeline

  • Add subtitles/closed captions directly onto the video

  • Configure it to the Full Fact account

Team

  • Mevan Babakar, Full Fact

  • Simon Coltman, Full Fact

  • James Dooley, BBC News Labs

  • Dave Bevan, BBC News Labs

  • Pietro Passarelli, BBC News Labs