But here we are.
In one fell swoop, the account had changed from a clear assignment to a political party to an independent fact checker. Only users who are familiar with the obscure acronym CCHQ would have known what they were looking for.
Controversial statements were made in the report that were presented as "facts" in response to Corbyn's statements during the debate. In the end, the account declared Johnson the winner.
Being accused of deliberately cheating the public on behalf of the ruling party is deeply problematic.
The wider context is also important. This election takes place in the shadow of a heated dispute over Russia's interference in British democracy. Many people have serious and legitimate concerns about foreign players trying to influence British politics, especially in the context of Brexit.
ISC publishes the report. However, this is only possible if the parliament meets and the report has not been published before the parliament was dissolved before the elections. This led to allegations that Johnson had suppressed it.
"Propaganda and spin have always been part of the political game, as bad as it sounds, and that's why there are fact-checkers," explains Alastair Reid, digital editor at First Draft, a nonprofit organization in disinformation To uncover the world. "Now we are a few years old and the people who are trying to control the agenda and push their own story forward are changing their tactics to regain confidence."
And the Labor Party is anything but innocent in the disinformation war. So far, the party's main line of attack has been Johnson's desire to conclude a trade agreement with the United States after Brexit. Labor claims he can sell the National Health Service to President Donald Trump, a man very unpopular in Britain.
It is a big piece of politics, but in reality it has little foundation.
"We urge policymakers to follow a simple standard: get your facts right, substantiate your statements with proof, and correct them if you make a mistake, clearly and publicly," said Tom Phillips, publisher from FullFact. "These elections call on the public to make serious decisions that profoundly affect the country's future, and we believe the parties should take that seriously." Interpretations of reality – and their reluctance to apologize for spreading this nonsense – seem to hold on to it.