Luiz Romero

I'm a journalist. I’m a fact-checker at PolitiFact, verifying content on TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram; a reporter with stories published by CNN, Wired, and Al Jazeera; and a volunteer at Bellingcat, doing OSINT research for the Russia-Ukraine map. Previously, I worked for Quartz, covering breaking news and writing newsletters. Before that, I worked for magazines in Brazil and Italy.

I’ve written about Russian propaganda disguised as fact-checks, misleading images of nuclear catastrophes in Ukraine, and Russia’s false claim that Ukraine has nuclear bombs. I’ve also written about conspiracy theories, including the Great Replacement, Hollow Earth, the Great Reset, and QAnon, and about the pandemic, debunking claims that the COVID-19 vaccine contains graphene, nanosensors, and varying ingredients.

I studied journalism at Faculdade Cásper Líbero in São Paulo and international relations at the Central European University in Budapest. I’ve taken courses from Bellingcat, Investigative Reporters and Editors, DataCamp, the Knight Center, and the Center for Investigative Journalism. I’m from São Paulo and based in Milan.

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