A photo showing attendees at the SKeyes conference Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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In a media climate where rumor passes for fact, a new oil and gas phone application, titled LOG&Learn, was unveiled to the public at the Riviera Hotel late Monday with the aim of fact-checking misinformation often propagated about the little-known sector.The application intends to serve civil society by increasing the transparency of the media and ministries regarding this sector.The second component to the application is that it will fact-check every public statement made by officials about Lebanon's oil and gas reserves. Mhanna said that everyone involved in the project noticed that there was a severe lack of knowledge among journalists in the field of oil and gas.However, it will monitor the spread of misinformation, which can be quantitatively or scientifically challenged by people who have a strong background in the field.By doing so, the application further works to improve journalism integrity and invites residents in the country to delve into a poorly understood sector of the Lebanese economy which is of increasing significance.
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