Youth Verification Challenge


Think you can spot fake info?
We’ve got a challenge for you.

Welcome to the Youth Verification Challenge! 
Here, you’ll hone your investigative skills, learn from experts and forge alliances in a competitive battle for facts.

Join us on this journey, as we traverse the world of fact-checking in four chapters from April to September, all while earning yourself some sweet Google swag.

Who can join? Anyone aged 15-24 with a thirst for knowledge

View the image here to conduct your own investigation!


Think you know the answer? Vote for it here. The answer will be shared during the live session for Chapter 3: A Detective’s Test.

Are you ready?

“Chapter 3: A Detective’s Test” will begin in September!

Sign your team up by Sept 6, 2022.

*To qualify for team registration, participants need to register on the platform as individual challengers first. If you have registered previously, you may form your team and sign-up above*


If you missed earlier registration, please sign-up here.

Chapter 3: A Detective’s Test

Are you ready to elevate yourself and inch closer towards becoming a fact-checking guru? But no journey is complete without your friends. Get your thinking caps on, band together and put your hard-earned skills to test.


Sept 17, 2022 (2.30PM - 3.30PM SGT)


Challengers will need to team-up as they come together with friends to participate as groups of 2 or 3. They are able to combine their individual scores from earlier Chapters and utilize it as a team during this round. 

Teams will be given back-to-back time-based challenges throughout 30 minutes. Every team may only submit 1 answer via a representative aka team leader.  Teams can opt to cash out their scores by asking for a “lifeline”. The lifeline call will connect each team to a fact-checker for 45 seconds where teams can ask for tips on how to solve the quizzes. However no direct answers will be provided. Winning teams are judged based on accuracy and speed. 


Top 3 teams will earn swag and a chance to duke it out with other teams across APAC in Chapter 4: Battle of the Finest.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify to register for this?

  • Participants ages 15-24 are welcome to join! You must have a Google account to participate

Are there certificates provided for participating in this Youth Verification Challenge?

Certificates are provided by partners for the following languages:

  • English - Asia : DataLEADS

  • English - AU/NZ: Australian Associated Press (AAP)

  • Bahasa Indonesia : Aliansi Jurnalis Independen

  • Hindi : DataLEADS

  • Mandarin Chinese : Taiwan FactCheck Center

  • Thai : Cofact Thailand

  • Vietnamese : Centre for Media and Development Initiatives Vietnam (MDI)

Certificate of participation is only granted to those who complete Chapters 1 to 3.

  • Chapter 1: Participate in 6 out of 8 quizzes

  • Chapter 2: Participate in all 4 live sessions

  • Chapter 3: Participate as a team in the live verification battle


I forgot my nickname that I used to register, what do I do?

  • Please fill up this form and our amazing team will get back to you! Do give the team at least 2 working days for this.


I am a novice when it comes to fact-checking. Is this challenge difficult?

  • Not at all! This is meant for beginners who are new to fact-checking. We hope you can go on this journey to build your skills, learn from experts and work with friends as teammates to fact-check together!

I registered but missed out on the live sessions during Chapter 1 and/or Chapter 2, can I still participate?

  • Yes, you can! Once you register, you can participate at any time. We encourage you to participate consistently from Chapter 1 to Chapter 3 so you can accumulate scores! We keep registration open from Chapters 1 to 3 so it’s ok if you join us in the later chapters.

Do I need to join this challenge from Chapter 1 with teammates?

  • Chapters 1 and 2 are individual challenges, but you should join with friends because when Chapter 3 comes, you can combine forces to participate as a team! Chapter 3 will be team-based since the challenges are harder and require teamwork to solve the questions in a short amount of time.


Can I join Chapter 3 with a team of only 2 persons instead of 3?

  • We encourage youths to join in teams of 3 members so you can foster teamwork and build a stronger friendship but if you and your friend think you can manage with just 2 people in the team that works too!

How about forming a team with more than 3 members in Chapter 3?

  • Unfortunately the maximum number of persons in a team will be three and we can’t accommodate more than that.

Can I join as an individual in Chapter 3?

  • Part of the journey of becoming a fact-checker is to forge team spirit! This is why Chapter 3 is all about teamwork after you have built your knowledge and exposure through Chapters 1 and 2. We would recommend that you find at least one friend and do this together!

What if my teammate(s) have not joined in previous chapters?

  • It’s ok! You can invite friends to register at before filling up the team sign-up form. All team members must register for the challenge first prior to signing up as a team. We won’t accept incomplete team sign-ups. Only successful team sign-ups will receive a confirmation email with a join link and instructions for the live fact-check battle.

Is there swag given out?

  • Yes! We’ve got really cool swag to be handed out this year at every single Chapter. Not everyone gets swag though so please find out in each Chapter what are the requirements to qualify for swag. Details to be updated periodically as well as the challenge progresses!

I don’t see my name on the leaderboard. What should I do?

  • We are only showing the top 300 challengers on the leaderboard. If you are confident that your score is within the top 300 range but do not see your character name there please email our team at

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